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Houston airport closes terminal amid shutdown

On Monday, amid the partial government shutdown, Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport kept one terminal shuttered after it was initially closed Sunday afternoon, according to an airport spokesman.


Flights scheduled to depart from Terminal B will operate as normal. Passengers with flights scheduled to depart from Terminal B are being directed to the ticket counters and TSA checkpoints located in Terminal C and Terminal E.

Passengers are encouraged to arrive early and give themselves extra time to check in for their flights and to clear the security checkpoints. For passengers flying out of Terminal B, once checked in and through security at Terminal C or Terminal E, they can walk or take the Skyway tram to Terminal B to reach their departing gate. Passengers can utilize the interactive terminal map available on fly2houston.com to help navigate their way back to Terminal B. That information can be found at this link.

Updates on the status of the security checkpoints at both Bush Airport and William P. Hobby Airport can be found at fly2houston.com.

Airports across the country are facing the challenges of staff shortages and increased wait times as TSA employees increasingly call out sick or stay home from work during the partial government shutdown that has left 800,000 federal workers without pay.

On Saturday, the TSA saw an uptick in unscheduled employee absences, as compared to the same time last year, according to Michael Bilello, the agency’s assistant administrator for public affairs.

Miami International Airport was also forced to close one of its terminals this weekend after its TSA screeners called out sick at double the normal rate.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske on Friday authorized compensation for the employees that worked on Dec. 22, the first day of the shutdown. He also approved $500 awards for officers that worked during the holiday season, in hopes that “these actions alleviate some of the financial hardship many of you are facing.”