Despite reports that Transportation Security Administration workers have called patients during the partial closure of the federal government, North Carolina's airports have not had a significant impact, a senior official said. of TSA.

The maximum normal waiting time at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was 16 minutes Friday, said TSA spokesman Michael Bilello, and the maximum waiting time for the TSA PreCheck was three minutes.

Bilello said nearly 94% of people were waiting less than 15 minutes at CLT on Friday.

While figures were not available for the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Bilello said that, like Charlotte, the impact is minimal.

If RDU was understaffed because of the stoppage, some Saturday passengers interviewed by a News & Observer reporter had not noticed.

Around noon, about 20 travelers were queuing for identification by TSA agents at the main RDU terminal. And a few dozen people used one of the three lines, as well as an accelerated TSA PreCheck queue, to have their hand luggage checked.

Most of these lines dissipated in 15 minutes, leaving the security checkpoint area essentially empty.

Things also seemed to be going well in Charlotte on Saturday.

CNN reported that hundreds of TSA officers did not show up for work in downtown New York and Dallas, probably because they had not been paid during the closing period.

In this report, CNN stated calls from security personnel increased by 10% in CLT and RDU airports, citing Mac Johnson, a president of the local TSA workers' union.

Attempts to reach Johnson on Saturday were unsuccessful.

Bilello said that he could not validate this figure by 10%, but given waiting times and other data, incoming calls had minimal or no impact on North Carolina airports and the country.

He also said that the workers had not yet forgotten their pay and that their next pay day would be Friday. They have until the middle of next week to get these funds, Bilello said.

"We are watching the situation very closely, as we always do," said Bilello. "We are constantly ensuring that TSA agents are well-endowed at airports."

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The security zone of Terminal 2 at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, as shown in this archival photo of March 2017.

Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

CLT and RDU spokespersons provided TSA with questions regarding TSA staffing.

CNN's coverage was countered by tweets a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security and TSA.

A spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security spoke forcefully to CNN.

More #FakeNews of @CNN. Security operations at airports have not been affected by a non-existent disease. CNN has the cell numbers of several @TSA public affairs professionals, but rather than validating statistics, they falsely distorted them. https://t.co/PzVeoIBt5R

– Tyler Q. Houlton (@SpoxDHS) January 4, 2019

Bilello's official response was more neutral.

Statement on "Diseases" at the national level, reported by CNN's Rene Marsh and Gregory Wallace. #New pic.twitter.com/RK0wiFLRJt

– TSA (@TSA) January 4, 2019