Due to TSA absences, Miami International Airport will temporarily close one terminal

Posted: 5:21 AM, Jan 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-18 21:51:27Z

MIAMI, Fla. — A rise in sick calls from TSA agents is now forcing Miami International Airport to shut down one terminal to departing flights from Saturday to Monday.

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"There have been two or three dozen normally, and this week we've seen that double," said Greg Chin, Communications Director for the airport.

The "Blue Flu" as it's being called because of the TSA’s blue shirts, is believed to be caused by the ongoing government shutdown, which has stopped paychecks for TSA employees.

Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Concourse G will close and about a dozen departing flights will be moved to nearby terminals.

Airport officials said closing down one terminal will allow for more TSA inspectors to be at other checkpoints.

"We see that trend and want to get ahead of that and go ahead and make a measure like this," Chin said.