In an attempt to ease the financial pain caused by the government shutdown, the TSA announced Sunday that it would provide a day's pay for those who were on duty the day after the lapse in funding, and also award $500 bonuses for work during the holiday travel season.
No-shows among screeners jumped Sunday and again Monday, when the Transportation Security Administration reported a national absence rate of 7.6 percent compared with 3.2 percent on a comparable day a year ago.
The number of Transportation Security Administration workers calling in sick has more than doubled over the same time previous year, as the longest government shutdown in USA history entered its 24th day on Monday.
"TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm", it said in a statement to the media outlet. An estimated 51,000 TSA agents are among them.
An Atlanta airport spokesperson told ABC News several security lanes were closed this morning, leading to longer than usual lines.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed that the passenger took his firearm through the checkpoint at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on January 2 before boarding Delta flight DL295 to Tokyo Narita International Airport.
A TSA worker works at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Dec. 25, 2018.
The Atlanta airport was one of two airports in the country to implement "contingency plans" Monday because of absences and other issues.
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A security checkpoint at Houston's main airport closed as the impact of the weeks-old U.S. government shutdown broadened.
The shutdown has entered its fourth week with no end in sight, making it the longest in US history.
Meanwhile, TSA Assistant Administrator Michael Bilello said on Twitter Sunday that "security standards remain uncompromised at our nation's airports".
TSA officers at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, October 10, 2016.
TSA agents are among the 420,000 federal workers considered essential employees required to work without their paychecks.
Similar closures and so-called "sick outs" have struck other airports around the United States.
"Financially, [government leaders] don't really know what exactly we're going through aside from this alone." said Randall Baker, who has been a TSA employee for nine years.