The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the agency responsible for airport security screening, said unscheduled absences among its employees rose to 7.7 per cent from 5.6 per cent last Saturday. That compares to 3.2 per cent for this time one year ago, TSA spokesman Thomas Kelly said in a statement to The Associated Press.
News outlets cite an agency statement saying the passenger passed through "a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm" at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Jan 2. An estimated 51,000 TSA agents are among them.
Dulles International Airport is also suffering from shortages due to the shutdown and, when combined with the snowstorm hitting the Washington, D.C., area, it is being forced to make adjustments.
Queues at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport security extended more than an hour long on Monday morning, causing travelers to miss flights, according to ABC-affiliate WSB.
That decision was made after an unusually high number of workers called in sick.
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A TSA spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Polish state television TVP reported that the men have proclaimed their innocence, but Zaryn said he could not confirm that. Further indictments are expected, he said. "It's not the beginning of this case but it's also not the end", he said.
As the shutdown drags on, more TSA employees nationwide are calling in sick or not coming to work.
"TSA has and will continue to maintain security standards at our nation's airports".
TSA agents are among the 420,000 federal workers considered essential employees required to work without their paychecks.
"We have to appreciate that they're here", one passenger said.
"In most cases, the traveler forgets that the item is in their bag", said a TSA spokesperson.
"While I realize this is not what you are owed for your hard work ... and what you deserve, I hope these actions alleviate some of the financial hardship many of you are facing", he wrote.
"If you don't have a check to pay your bills, what are you going to do?" he said.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske announced Friday that agency employees will receive a day's pay if they worked on December 22, and that uniformed officers will also net a $500 bonus for their efforts during the holidays - pay to be received by Tuesday, the agency said.