Travelers fume in long lines at Miami airport in government shutdown

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The error comes amid a national shutdown that has seen more than 50,000 airport security screeners required to work despite the agency's inability to provide regular pay. However, Monday morning the agency did report a spike in call outs, with 7.6% absent, according to a tweet from assistant administrator for public affairs Michael Bilello.

The airport didn't have enough Transportation Security Administration agents to staff the security checkpoint.

The screeners are among the lowest-paid federal employees.

Security lines Monday at the hub were an hour to 90 minutes, causing many flyers to miss their flights.

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A TSA security checkpoint was closed Sunday afternoon in Terminal B at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport and was to stay that way the rest of the day.

"Our facility was not designed for security in that post 9-11 world with TSA, with the additional requirements", Callahan said.

"We work alongside these people every day and they are a really important part of making sure that the 60,000 people who move through this airport every day do so efficiently and safely", said Janet Scherberger, an airport spokeswoman. That is more than double the 3.2 percent rate experienced a year ago.

It's presently unclear if the gun-carrying individual will be hit with any fines or other punishment, and what forms of disciplinary action will be taken against TSA agents present at the time of the passenger's questionable clearance. The wait for worldwide flights out of the airport, however, was just 15 to 30 minutes, according to its website. Passengers with flights scheduled to depart from Terminal B are being directed to the ticket counters and TSA checkpoints located in Terminal C and Terminal E.

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CNN points out that in 2015, the acting administrator for the TSA was reassigned to another department after a report concluded that employees "failed to detect explosives and weapons in almost every test that an undercover team conducted at dozens of airports".

"They are not getting paid so it makes sense that they don't want to work", said Alexander Smith, a passenger.

More than 290 weapons had been discovered in 2018 through the beginning of November in Atlanta, the busiest airport in the country, according to the Justice Department.

The TSA announced it'll partially compensate employees who worked on December 22nd and give those who worked during the holidays a bonus.

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The food distributed so far will feed the workers and their families, about 187 people in all, Nipps said.

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