McCarran Airport escapes major TSA headaches for now

People line up at a TSA checkpoint inside McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (KSNV)

Tuesday marks Day 25 of the partial government shutdown. It’s plaguing travelers at several airports across the country.

Nearly 51,000 TSA employees are working without a paycheck, and passengers at TSA checkpoints across the county are starting to feel the backlash of workers calling out sick.

The absentee rate right now is 7.5 percent of the work force. This compares to about 3.5 percent of the workforce that called out around this time last year.

On Monday, the world's busiest airport in Atlanta shut down a checkpoint due to low staffing, which led to massive lines and delays. Some lines stretched all the way to baggage claim. The line at the pre-check exceeded an hour at some gates.

So far, officials with McCarran International Airport say they have not had any issues with an excessive number of call-ins or long waits, but they are still encouraging travelers to come to the airport at least two hours before their flight departs.

A total of 800,000 government workers are now furloughed or working without pay. An additional 4 million government contractors are also affected.

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