- George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston has closed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints in one of its terminals because of a lack of available security staff amid the government shutdown.
- Ticket counters and the security checkpoint in Terminal B closed down over the weekend.
- The airport told Business Insider the checkpoint would remain closed until the TSA could provide enough people to staff it.
- Terminal B’s gates will remain open, with passengers flying through the facility needing to be screened at other terminals.
- United Airlines is Terminal B’s largest tenant.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston has closed the security checkpoints in one of its terminals because of a lack of available Transportation Security Administration workers amid the government shutdown.
In an alert posted on Twitter, the airport announced on Sunday that ticket counters and the TSA checkpoint in Terminal B had been shut down.
Authorities at IAH announced that the checkpoint would be closed on Monday as well.
“Due to staffing issues associated with the partial shutdown of the federal government, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint and the ticketing counter in Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport remains closed,” the airport said in a statement.
An airport official told Business Insider that the checkpoint would remain shuttered until the TSA could muster up enough employees to staff it.
The TSA was not immediately available for comment on the matter.
Terminal B remains open amid the closing of the checkpoint. As a result, passengers with flights operating out of Terminal B are being instructed to pass through the security screenings at Terminal C or Terminal E.
Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston advised passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours ahead of their flight.
Terminal B’s main tenant, United Airlines, says its operations at IAH are running normally.
Miami International Airport has also experienced a shortage of security screeners, prompting the airport to shut down one of its terminals for part of the weekend.
TSA employees have been working unpaid since the government shutdown commenced on December 22. Even though the workers are eligible to receive back pay once the shutdown is over, many live paycheck to paycheck.
This has resulted in a dramatic spike in the number of employees who are calling out of work or quitting altogether.
On Friday, TSA Administrator David Pekoske announced that screening officers would receive a $500 bonus for working during the holidays.
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