Government shutdown is affecting airport operations, slowing funding for CTA projects

Kenny Grant
January 12, 2019

Some 800,000 workers across the government have been furloughed during the shutdown, which will become the longest in USA history if it continues into Saturday.

"America wants its air traffic controllers to be laser-focused on landing planes safely and monitoring America's runways, not distracted by financial issues and anxiety of financial instability", the union said in the lawsuit. "The economic impact of these shutdowns is simply disgusting for our community".

For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. Departing Terminal G flights will be diverted to other terminals this weekend. They predicted no disruption from the changes.

CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave has reported the shutdown could result in longer waits at airports.

TSA has downplayed reports that a rise in airport screeners calling out sick - or even quitting their jobs - has led to long lines at security.

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Terminal G, which houses Aruba Airlines, Sun Country and United, will reopen on Sunday morning only to close again at 1 p.m. Chin said that inbound flights would continue to drop passengers off at Terminal G, but outbound passengers would not have access to the gates once the security checkpoint closed.

For now, retailers on Concourse G are planning to send workers to other locations at MIA, said Wendi Walsh of the Unite Here union, which represents hospitality workers in Miami. "That's obviously where it becomes more hard", he said.

"It's profoundly unfair and nearly disrespectful to put us in the middle of this debate over border security when we have absolutely nothing to do with it", said Gayzagian.

TSA screeners, who are considered to be essential, have been working without pay since a partial federal government shutdown began on December 22.

Two federal officials who spoke with CNN on Friday said officers were calling out sick in protest of the expectation that they work without paychecks until the Trump administration and Congress make a deal to end the shutdown.

Meanwhile, the national union representing 10000 air traffic controllers - who are also working without pay during the shutdown, now in its 21st day - sued the government Friday, claiming they are illegally being denied pay.

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