(CMR) The government shutdown in the USA is causing Terminal G at the Miami International Airport to close early.
It is being reported that the airport has decided to Terminal G terminal early for three days because of a shortage of Transportation Security Administration screeners, airport spokesman Greg Chin said Thursday.
The security checkpoints in terminal G will be closed after 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, he said. Terminal G is one of six terminals in the airport.
“Due to an increased number of TSA screeners not reporting to work, we have decided to take this precautionary step and relocate about 12 flights to adjoining concourses in the afternoons,” he said.
Chin said federal screeners are calling in sick at double the normal rate for Miami, and TSA managers aren't confident they will have enough workers to operate all 11 checkpoints throughout the airport at normal hours.
The terminal serves United Airlines along with smaller carriers. Its closure means restaurants and shops that depend on departing flights also will close.
“We felt we had to make a decision before the weekend,” Chin told the Miami Herald. “They're erring on the side of caution.”
The government shutdown has left TSA employees working without pay, raising concerns that airports might not be able to provide the usual standard of security.