Miami Worldwide Airport’s Concourse G closed at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday — 15 minutes sooner than deliberate — because the federal authorities remained shut down for a 22nd day, making it the longest shutdown in U.S. historical past.
The airport was pressured to shutter the concourse for the afternoon because of a scarcity of Transportation Safety Administration officers, who have been working with out pay for three weeks and are missing more shifts because the shutdown drags on.
The closure allowed the airport to ship TSA staff to busier checkpoints.
Concourse G — used by United, Bahamasair, Aruba Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country — is the least busiest of the terminals; round 12 planes often fly out of G after 1 p.m., making up simply 3 % of the roughly 450 flights from MIA on a typical day.
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As 1 p.m. approached on Saturday, TSA brokers turned passengers away from Concourse G’s checkpoint and informed them to go to F or H. At 12:45 p.m., TSA agents unfold giant, pink “NO ENTRY” signs across the metallic detectors, and filed out of the concourse. The within of the concourse seemed abandoned. Safety strains at F and H checkpoints remained normal regardless of the extra foot visitors.
Concourse G will reopen for morning flights on Sunday. It should close again at 1 p.m. Sunday and then reopen for morning flights Monday. At that point, the airport’s administrators will determine whether or not to…