Miami Airport Temporarily Closes Terminal Amid Staffing Issues During Government Shutdown
TSA agents have been calling in sick twice as much as usual.
As the partial government shutdown moves into a third week, officials at Miami International Airport are taking drastic measures to combat lack of staff. The airport is closing one of its terminals for the weekend after a number of TSA agents called in sick.
The airport's Terminal G will be closed from Dec. 12 until Dec. 14, Time reports.
Meanwhile, TSA employees have reportedly been taking twice as many sick days as usual. As of Friday (Jan. 11), the agents will no longer be paid during the shutdown. "We felt we had to make a decision before the weekend,” MIA spokesperson, Greg Chin, said according to ABC News. "They're erring on the side of caution."
The effects of the partial shutdown caused a ripple effect, halting employee paychecks, funding and services for government supported facilities and organizations, including public parks and museums.
Last weekend, Donald Trump reiterated that when it comes to the shutdown, he’s only concerned about a specific political party.
“I don’t care that most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats,” he tweeted Saturday (Jan. 5) morning. “I want to stop the Shutdown as soon as we are in agreement on Strong Border Security! I am in the White House ready to go, where are the Dems?”