Passenger carried a pistol at the international Delta flight from Atlanta, report says

connectVideoTSA establishes the right to security of the airport during the government shutdown after the media-alarm

The TSA disputes the messages in the media that hundreds of security of the airport employees calling in sick because they’re not getting paid during the partial government shutdown.

The Transportation Security Administration on Sunday confirmed reports that an armed passenger managed to board an international Delta flight from Atlanta to Tokyo, but the agency insisted that the partial government shutdown had nothing to do with the error.

Delta said the passenger on the Jan. 2 flight reported that it was a firearm and was cooperative, according to The Washington Post. The unknown passenger was greeted by the Japanese authorities after the Flight DL 295 landed at Narita International Airport.

More than 51,000 TSA employees have been working without pay since Dec. 22, according to Bloomberg. There are a number of staffing problems at airports, including Miami International and George Bush International.

The TSA said that the incident does not stem from these human resources, the Post reported. The paper reported that it is rare for a passenger manages to pass security with a gun.

A statement from the agency said that the procedures were not followed.

“TSA has held that responsible adequate to be accountable,” the statement read.

The partial closure is an ongoing stalemate between Republicans and Democrats that are not able to approve a new spending bill. President Trump wants to wall-financing and top Democrats have rejected the president.


A union president for the TSA told The Hill that agents are started with the run away from their tasks.

David P. Pekoske, the TSA administrator, said last week that the uniformed agents in the bureau can expect a bonus of $500 on Tuesday for their work during the holiday season.

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