Frustrated travellers are venting on social media about endless lines at airports as TSA agents across the country abandon work during the government shutdown

Getty Images/Joe RaedleTravellers have described unusually long TSA lines on social media during the federal government shutdown.

  • TSA employees have been required to work without pay during the federal government shutdown, which began on December 22.
  • Some airports, including Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Miami International Airport, have had to close security lines because of worker shortages.
  • Travellers have described unusually long lines on social media because of the lack of workers.

Security lines at airports across the country are getting worse as the government shutdown drags on.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees have been required to work without pay during the federal government shutdown, which began on December 22. (They will be eligible to receive back pay once the shutdown ends.)

Since the shutdown began, many TSA workers have been absent from airports, and Hydrick Thomas, the president of the TSA worker’s union, said some had quit or considered quitting.

Some airports, like Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Miami International Airport, have had to close security lines because of worker shortages, leading to unusually long lines.

Travellers stuck waiting in endless lines are taking to social media to share just how bad the situation has gotten.

https://twitter.com/isabelperezmusi/status/1082356245120630784?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

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