A passenger with a firearm aboard a flight from Atlanta to Japan after & # 39; standard procedures & # 39; had not been followed at the TSA checkpoint.
The passenger departed from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International, the busiest airport in the world, and flew to Narita International Airport in Chiba on 3 January.
TSA has established that standard procedures have not been followed and that a passenger has indeed passed a standard TSA checkpoint with a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, & # 39; said a TSA spokesman in a statement.
The passenger flew on a Delta Airlines flight and & # 39; after the customer's notice the airline reported the incident to the TSA & # 39 ;.
Supervision took place amid reports from TSA employees who reported sick because they were not paid during the ongoing government shutdown.
A passenger with a firearm aboard a flight from Atlanta to Japan after & # 39; standard procedures & # 39; had not been followed at the TSA checkpoint. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is shown here in a file photo
The passenger departed from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International, the busiest airport in the world, and flew on January 3 to Narita International Airport (pictured in file photo) in Chiba.
On Sunday, 7.7 percent of TSA employees reported sick, more than double the same date last year.
But the TSA claims that the closure of the government – the longest in American history – had nothing to do with the security breach.
"The perception that this may have happened due to the partial abandonment of the government would not be right," said a spokesman for CNN.
& # 39; The national unplanned absenteeism rate for TSA employees on Thursday, January 3, 2019 was 4.8%, compared to 6.3% last year, Thursday, January 4, 2018. In fact, the national call rate a year ago was higher than this year on that date. & # 39;
The TSA said it & # 39; will hold the responsible in the right way & # 39 ;, but has not disclosed further details.
The passenger flew on a Delta Airlines flight and & # 39; after the customer's announcement the airline reported the incident to the TSA & # 39;
The news of last week's incident comes on the same day that it became known that TSA would pay some money for employees during the shutdown.
TSA administrator David Pekoske revealed agents who worked on December 22nd, the last day of the payment period, and received that payment, along with a $ 500 bonus for working during the holidays.
Employees were not originally paid for that day because the shutdown had already begun.
Although I realize that this is not what you owe for your hard work during pay period 26 and what you earn, I hope that these actions will alleviate part of the financial problems that many of you have to deal with & # 39; 39; twittered Pekoske.
Pekoske had tweeted early on Friday that the TSA was looking at a compensation for their unpaid employees in multiple ways. According to the manager, the financing was possible & # 39; due to unique authorities that provided for TSA & # 39 ;.
Supervision takes place amid reports from TSA employees who report ill due to non-payment during the ongoing government breakdown
The passenger area of Terminal G at Miami International Airport on 12 January is shown after being forced to shut down due to a shortage of security agents
Federal employees during this shutdown missed their first salary on Friday, adding to the concerns about increasing financial pressure on employees.
TSA agents are among the 420,000 federal employees who are considered essential employees who are required to work without their salaries.
The TSA said the number of unplanned absences rose to 5.6 percent on Saturday from 3.3 percent a year ago, but the security standards have not been violated
Meanwhile, Miami International Airport said that one of its terminals will close early in the coming days due to a possible shortage of security screeners who have twice ill at the normal rate.
The TSA administrator explained Friday how the compensation for employees would look during the weekend
Closing had begun before the start of the business day of December 22, so the compensation completes that pay period for those who worked that day
The paid day and bonus come at a time when TSA employees have started to attack sick, a process that starts to burden airport traffic and safety.
Pekoske did not explain what the & # 39; unique authorities & # 39; were those who found cash to distribute to the employees
Approximately 800,000 federal employees did not receive pay checks that would have been eliminated on Friday. Some have resorted to selling their possessions or placing calls on online fundraising sites to help pay their bills.
Trump is considering a possible national emergency declaration that would end the closure and allow him to obtain wall funding by bypassing the Congress.
But on Saturday he told Jeanine Pirro of Fox News that he rather wanted the Democrats to take action and added that he was waiting in the White House to make a deal.
I want to give them a chance to see if they can behave responsibly & # 39 ;, Trump said and called the situation on the southern border of the nation a "humanitarian crisis."
President Trump continues to insist on a border wall as part of a budget deal with Democrats who have attempted to apply legislation without money, with no result
& # 39; They think it's political. I think it's a bad policy. This country wants protection at the border, & # 39; said Trump.
Democrats say that Trump's government in a tantrum & # 39; has closed by refusing last year to sign bipartisan financing legislation that did not include money for his wall.
The closure, which began on December 22, broke a decades-old record by a 1995-1996 closure under former President Clinton that lasted 21 days.
Democrats, who call a wall an ineffective, outdated answer to a complex problem, have adopted a number of bills in the House of Representatives to reopen the government without the $ 5.7 billion of funding for the Trump barrier, but the legislation is ignored by the Senate controlled by the Republicans.
Trump originally promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, which he believed needed to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs. But Mexico has refused.