Latest Transportation Security Administration News

TSA screener sick-outs hit 10 percent over holiday weekend

Jan. 21, 2019 7:10 PM EST

The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week. The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that Sunday's absence rate compared to 3.1 percent on the comparable Sunday a year ago. The workers who screen passengers...

The Latest: Shutdown proposal unlikely to break logjam

Jan. 20, 2019 9:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Democrats and Republicans appear no closer to ending the dispute that led to a partial government shutdown 30 days ago. On Sunday, President Donald Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for turning down his...

Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 6:56 PM EST

America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has thinned the ranks of federal...

The Latest: TSA adds personnel to Newark, N.J., airport

Jan. 18, 2019 6:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the impact of the partial government shutdown on the travel industry (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Federal officials are sending extra security screeners to beef up staffing at checkpoints at the airport in Newark, New Jersey. A Transportation Security Administration spokesman...

TSA absentee rate still high, but down from Sunday's peak

Jan. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EST

TSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized — but still at unusually high numbers — just before a three-day holiday weekend that is likely to bring bigger airport crowds. The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday...

Super Bowl planners: Shutdown brings 'uncharted territory'

Jan. 16, 2019 1:32 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A day after travelers waited nearly 90 minutes in snail-speed security lines at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's mayor is concerned about the waits that could result when the city hosts the 2019 Super Bowl. The ongoing partial government shutdown is "uncharted territory" amid planning...

No. of no-show airport security screeners soars in shutdown

Jan. 14, 2019 6:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week. No-shows among screeners jumped Sunday and again Monday, when the Transportation Security Administration reported a national...

TSA: Tokyo-bound passenger with gun undetected in Atlanta

Jan. 14, 2019 6:17 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has acknowledged that a passenger bound for Tokyo passed through security in Atlanta with an undetected gun. News outlets cite an agency statement saying the passenger passed through "a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm" at...

Miami airport to reopen terminal amid government shutdown

Jan. 13, 2019 7:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — 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...

Despite shutdown, almost 200 attend TSA Tennessee jobs event

Jan. 12, 2019 6:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A day after its officers went without a paycheck for the first time during the government shutdown, the Transportation Security Administration drew in almost 200 people still interested in the airport security job during a fast-track hiring event Saturday in Tennessee. Joshua...