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12 Janvier, 2019, 04:58 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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Concourse G at the Miami airport will be closed after 1 p.m. Saturday through Monday and travelers will be directed to other checkpoints.

The terminal will be open for morning flights each day and arrivals will continue to land in the terminal in the afternoon.

Thursday night, a United spokeswoman issued a statement predicting passengers won't be impacted by the logistical scramble.

"This is a matter of safety, security, and economic concern", said the Association of Flight Attendants, which held a protest in the capital Washington on Thursday along with other aviation sector unions, to demand the resumption of normal services.

Bilello said TSA is still hiring officers and working on contingency plans in case the shutdown lasts beyond Friday, when officers would miss their first paycheck since the shutdown began on December 22.

Airport security officers, along with air traffic controllers and employees at more than a dozen USA agencies and departments, have been caught in a political battle between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over whether to fund a border wall with Mexico.

"I can't imagine what the line would be like if they were not here", one passenger said.

Many TSA agents began calling in sick in record numbers in lieu of the government shutdown gouging their paychecks. Congressional Democrats aren't budging on their opposition to the wall.

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Other major airports surveyed by The Associated Press said they had no immediate plans to close terminals or take other drastic measures.

Tampa International Airport is working with different agencies to set up a food pantry, get bus passes and work with utilities to help hundreds of federal employees who may be struggling to pay bills. Chin said G was chosen because it's the slowest concourse at MIA.

That's about three per cent of the roughly 450 flights that depart each day.

And, up until a few days ago, many agents have powered through the shutdown.

The Global Business Travel Association said that a survey of more than 400 members this week revealed that more than two-thirds of those polled are concerned about a negative impact on their business if the shutdown continues beyond this weekend.

The terminal serves United Airlines along with smaller carriers Aruba Airlines, Bahamasair, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country.

At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a spokesman said TSA "call-outs" have been minimal and that they aren't planning to cutback on security checkpoints - yet. "If there's a shortage, the airport may have airline workers step in for non-technical positions like reviewing boarding passes before the checkpoints".

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