At Houston airport, 1 TSA checkpoint remains closed

3 years 10 months 1 week ago Monday, January 14 2019 Jan 14, 2019 January 14, 2019 2:02 PM January 14, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

HOUSTON (AP) - A security checkpoint at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport remains closed because there aren't enough security screeners to staff it.

The checkpoint and ticket counters in Terminal B closed Sunday afternoon with plans to reopen Monday morning, but that didn't happen.

Transportation Security Administration screeners aren't getting paychecks during the government shutdown, and waits Monday at the nation's busiest airport in Atlanta were more than an hour long amid no-show TSA screeners .

A spokesman for the Houston airport says 2,300 departing passengers normally use the Terminal B checkpoint, or about 7 percent of travelers entering the airport. The airport has six other checkpoints, and spokesman Bill Begley says waits are 10 minutes or less.

Terminal B handles United Express flights. A United spokesman says flights aren't being affected.

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