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Two airports in Virginia and Texas were forced to close screening lanes as the world's busiest airport in Atlanta reported hour-long wait times due to Transportation Security Administration agents calling out sick during President Donald Trump's partial government shutdown.
Washington Dulles International became the latest airport to close screening lanes on Monday due to unpaid TSA agents calling out.
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Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport also confirmed that their Terminal B checkpoint will remain closed on Monday after shutting the area down Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile in Atlanta, it was taking more than an hour for passengers to get through domestic checkpoints.
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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reported the lengthy wait times on its website, showing the long waits at all three checkpoints in the domestic terminal.
Atlanta's wait times stretched well beyond what the TSA says most passengers have endured since the shutdown began.
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Callers to the TSA's media relations line heard a recorded message saying employees were unable to answer phone calls due to a lapse in federal funding.
The recorded message said that 99.9 per cent of passengers nationally waited less than 30 minutes to get through security on Friday, and 95 per cent waited less than 15 minutes.
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The message adds that security standards 'remain uncompromised' at the nation's airports, despite reports of a passenger carrying a firearm on board a flight from Atlanta to Japan after 'standard procedures' were not followed at a TSA checkpoint.
The traveler departed from the Atlanta airport and flew to Narita International Airport in Chiba on January 3.
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'TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,' a TSA spokesman said in a statement.
The passenger flew on a Delta Airlines flight and 'upon the...
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