From Saturday until Monday, Miami will close Security Security Administration checkpoints in its main lobby at 1pm. local hour.
"Due to the growing number of TSA controllers who do not show up for work, we decided to take this precautionary measure and move about 12 flights into adjacent halls in the afternoon," said the spokesman. Miami spokeswoman Greg Chin at the Miami Herald.
Passengers will no longer be able to gain access to the terminal once the checkpoint is closed, forcing carriers operating flights in the afternoons from Main Lobby G to transfer flights to other terminals. 39 airport. Passengers arriving at Hall G after 1 pm will be able to leave the terminal normally, but wing companies will close after 1 pm. during the three days of early closure.
"We felt we had to make a decision before the weekend," he told the Herald. "They are careful."
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He said that TSA workers in Miami had called twice as many patients as the airport at the airport. Although the TSA claims that the problem was exceeded in other major airports, the situation in Miami was severe enough that the TSA and airport officials were not convinced that they would have enough controllers at all the airports. checkpoints at the airport.
Miami is one of the busiest airports in the United States, a major hub for American Airlines and one of Latin America's main gateways.
However, the G Concourse hosts airlines that generally have a small footprint in Miami. United is the primary carrier serving Miami's G Concourse, which also hosts departures for Aruba Airlines, Bahamasair, Frontier and Sun Country.
Chin told the Herald that Hall G was chosen for closures because it is one of the least used of the airport. He adds that only 12 flights leave G after 13 hours. a typical day.
In a statement posted on USA TODAY's Today in the Sky blog, TSA spokesman Michael Bilello described the approach of Miami officials as part of "an emergency plan for the weekend, planning a large volume ".
He added that airport officials and TSA officials should meet on Friday "to determine whether we should execute the emergency plan or resume normal operations.
Bilello said that whatever decision was made, the agency would remain focused on its core mission.
"The TSA will sacrifice the number of reserved lanes and the volume handled, but will never compromise the standards of control and security," he said.
Miami's plan comes as TSA officials say agents are on sick leave – or quit – because they risk being forced to work without pay, with the closure continuing to paralyze the government.
The TSA disputed many of these reports, claiming that they had been exaggerated.
Friday is the first day that TSA officers and other federal aviation officials miss a paycheck. Sector observers will be watching closely to see how this affects travel.
Even before the decision to close the G Concourse early, the Miami Airport had advised customers to arrive early as a result of the closure.
"Due to the end of the federal funding, we recommend arriving at least 2 hours before your domestic flight and 3 hours before your international flight this weekend," Twitter airport announced Thursday.