Video Shows Miserable Wait Times at Atlanta Airport Security Due to Shutdown
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
The US government’s partial shutdown took a major toll on the world’s busiest airport on Monday.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL) continued to warn airline passengers on Tuesday to leave at least three hours to get through security checkpoints for domestic flights, following TSA’s advice. An airport spokesperson told TPG that Tuesday’s wait times are within the normal range, and the airport is operating without delays.
On Monday, ATL’s official Twitter account posted that passengers were experiencing above average wait times for security checkpoints.
#ATL is experiencing longer than usual wait times during peak travel. Please plan ahead and give yourself 3 hours to clear security. ✈️
— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) January 14, 2019
According to data from the TSA, the maximum wait times on Monday for ATL security screening were 88 minutes for standard security lanes and 55 minutes for PreCheck lanes. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that wait times were more than two hours. One video, posted by a CNN reporter on Monday, captured the massive lines that wound throughout the airport.
So I’m at @ATLairport and this may be the longest security line I have ever seen. Even growing up here, and even for a Monday morning. One passenger told me he’d been waiting over an hour and still had about 30 minutes to go. pic.twitter.com/UL7EghujQI
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenezCNN) January 14, 2019
Many reports say that because TSA officers are not getting paid for their work during the government shutdown, increased numbers of TSA employees have been calling out sick. The TSA says, however, that an “anticipated high volume” of passengers caused the short-staffing of TSA officers on Monday.
Today, Washington-Dulles International Airport & Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are exercising contingency plans due to callouts related to a snow event & anticipated high-volume, respectively. Travelers should contact their airline before traveling.
— Michael Bilello (@TSA_Bilello) January 14, 2019
Two other US airports partially shutdown some terminals due to short-staffing of TSA officers during the shutdown. Miami International Airport (MIA) closed one of its terminals for half of the day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday due to a shortage of TSA officers. Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) similarly closed one of its terminals due to “staffing issues,” and a checkpoint at Dulles Airport (IAD) in Washington, DC, was closed, though the TSA attributed that airport’s low employee numbers to a snowstorm.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
- Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees