"The impact on air travelers has been relatively limited with no significant disruptions". And it's also just a good policy to be calm, polite, and courteous to airport workers who are helping you, especially knowing that they're doing it without pay.
In Orlando, officials said they have not seen an increase in TSA officer absences. This weekend, it will become the longest shutdown in USA history.
This all started when President Donald Trump refused to back down from his demands for funding for a wall along the southern border, something House Democrats have not agreed to.
Friday marks the first day screeners will miss a paycheck, and airport spokesman Greg Chin said there's a concern there won't be enough workers to handle all 11 checkpoints during normal hours over the weekend.
On Monday, TSA tweeted that agents screened 2.22 million passengers nationwide on Sunday, which it called a "historically busy day due to holiday travel".
United Continental Holdings Inc., which operates flights departing Concourse G, will try to ensure that customers are not impacted by the closure, according to reports.
To expedite screening at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints, passengers should wear easily removable shoes, follow the 3-1-1 rule for liquids or gels in their carry-on, and avoid accessories that resemble weapons.
On Saturday, Miami International Airport chose to shut down a concourse early for three days due to a shortage of TSA screeners, airport spokesman Greg Chin said.
"Staffing for air traffic control is at a 30-year low", she said.
Lawyers for employees at the Transportation, Agriculture and Justice departments filed an amended complaint in another suit Friday that provides names and addresses for four plaintiffs, after a judge said they couldn't remain anonymous. Shuker asked. "You figure the government would be a model employee right, they should probably be the best, they should probably set the example ー but there they are, asking people to come in and not get paid, or people are sitting at home and not able to work".
TSA officials said despite fewer numbers, screeners aren't getting lax about their work. "Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown".
The TSA says their security protocols have not been compromised and will not be compromised because of the government shutdown.
TSA acknowledges that more screeners are calling in sick at some airports, including Dallas-Fort Worth International.
Passengers at Philadelphia International Airport waited no more than 17 minutes at last check on Wednesday.