Miami airport to reopen terminal amid government shutdown

Terminal B in Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport closes

By Jason Mealey - Producer/assignment editor, Associated Press, Ashley Harding - Reporter

MIAMI - Miami International Airport officials say they’ll reopen a terminal Monday that was closed part of the weekend amid a staff shortage caused by the partial government shutdown.

Airport spokesman Greg Chin told news outlets Sunday Concourse G will resume operations Monday after closing for parts of Saturday and Sunday. The airport didn’t have enough Transportation Security Administration agents to staff the security checkpoint.

Chin says the checkpoint will be fully staffed Monday.

Many TSA employees have called out sick to protest having to work but not being paid amid the shutdown.

A TSA security checkpoint was closed Sunday afternoon in Terminal B at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport and was to stay that way the rest of the day. Officials ascribed the closure to staffing issues associated with the partial shutdown.

President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have not made any progress in ending the shutdown not in its 22nd day. The president wants $5 billion in funding for his promised border wall.

News4Jax reached out to Jacksonville International Airport where authorities said the issues have not been experienced locally. It has been business as usual at JAX but passengers are still advised to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled flight.

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