While America is on track for witnessing the longest partial shutdown the nation has ever seen, now on day 21 the ongoing government shutdown will directly impact the Miami International Airport as a terminal is forced to close over the weekend.
According to an airport spokesperson Greg Chin, the terminal with the least amount of traffic, G, will be closed early so workers can focus on busier checkpoints. TSA employees are among the thousands of government employees who are not getting paid during the Trump Administration shutdown over the border wall.
Some of the airlines that will be affected by the terminal closure will be United, Aruba, Bahamasair, Frontier Airlines, and Sun Country. Chin stated that throughout the day passengers will still be dropped off at Terminal G, but once the security checkpoint closes, outbound passengers will have no access to the gates.
Additionally, the restaurants, shops, and businesses in the terminal will also be forced to shut down.
Chin says that screeners have been calling in sick at double the normal rate, and the TSA will be closing the terminal because they are not confident there will be enough workers to operate all 11 checkpoints.
While Terminal G is set to close intermittently for three days, people traveling through the airport have already been complaining about delays.
Two days ago, a friend who flies frequently out of MIA told me that wait times aren’t normal. Lines are “unusually long” at normally slow times 1 of 2 tweets https://t.co/FKco7cRtM5— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) January 10, 2019
Normally, it doesn’t take 25 minutes to go through TSA lines on Tuesday night at Miami International Airport pic.twitter.com/XRdcDbkHzR— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) January 10, 2019
And people are speaking their mind about the whole matter with very divided opinions. Some are condemning President Trump for the government shutdown while others are saying Trump isn't the only one to blame.
Let us know what you find out from the TSA workers who are protecting us while not receiving a paycheck! Just read the Miami airport is closing terminals early due to TSA workers not coming in... THIS is the real national security threat! That and our food not getting inspected.— Molly Scholes (@MMScholes) January 11, 2019
800,000 workers not being paid— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 11, 2019
FDA has stopped food safety inspections
Miami Airport has closed a terminal
We have no ambassador to Mexico
No Attorney General
No Defense Secretary
The President is under criminal investigation
And Mo Brooks is yelling about immigrants https://t.co/2KglCfa8UP
Good for them. Stop working without getting paid. 45 and Mitch McConnell are taking advantage of the workers.— Miles Morales (@propjoe757) January 11, 2019
Miami airport to close terminal as gov shutdown continueshttps://t.co/G6vfWnpWqs
Terminals in Miami airport are closing early because of a lack of TSA agents.— Elect Democrats (@ElectDemocrats) January 11, 2019
It's all on Cocaine Mitch now, he has the power to override Trump's veto. If he brings it to a vote, only 20 GOPers are needed. Easy to get, but he won't!
The #MitchShutdown will keep getting worse!
Miami International Airport currently ranks 12th busiest airport in the United States and more than 160,000 passengers traveled through Miami International Airport on Saturday, December 22, making it the busiest day ever in the history of the airport.