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Miami International Airport (MIA) will temporarily shutter one of the terminals this weekend as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are calling in sick to the double of the airport of the normal rate of the partial federal government shutdown shows no signs of coming to an end.

MIA spokesman Greg Chin confirmed to the Associated Press on Jan. 10 that the management for the very frequent air hub, connect the Terminal G at 1 pm on Saturday, will re-open for flights on Sunday morning and close again at 1 a.m. that day. Chin further revealed that there is a problem, there is not enough workers to handle all of the 11 checkpoints during the normal hours in the weekend.

A Transportation Security Administration officer working at the entrance of Hall G at the Miami International Airport, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Miami. The airport is closing Terminal G this weekend as the federal government shutdown extends in the direction of a fourth week, because the security screeners are calling in sick to the double of the airport, the normal rate. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

“We felt that we had to make a decision for the weekend,” he said at the time. “They are erring on the side of caution.”

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Terminal G is the slowest of the six halls at the airport, with about 12 planes a day fly out after 1 hour, according to the AP, which is about three percent of the approximately 450 flights that leave every day. Terminal G of the flights will be redirected to the other terminals this weekend.

A Transportation Security Administration officer works at a checkpoint at the Miami International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Miami. The TSA acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees call out of work during the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

More than 51,000 TSA employees have been working without pay since Dec. 22 and officially missed their first salary yesterday, Bloomberg reports.

On Jan. 10, the agency reported a 55 percent increase in employees calling out sick, a dramatic peak of 3.3 percent a year ago.

Meanwhile, the TSA says screening times are not significantly delayed if the shutdown stretches on, despite reports of employees calling in sick, and passengers reporting “chaos” and “nightmare” hustle and bustle. The agency recently responded to a devastating Jan. 4 report that claimed that hundreds of TSA employees have been called sick and the organizing of a “sickout” in the midst of the government shutdown.

A Transportation Security Administration officer works at a checkpoint at the Miami International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Miami. The TSA acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees call out of work during the partial government shutdown.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Forward, Chin said that if the shutdown continues and additional screeners do not show up for work, the airport could be forced to close a security control on the terminals that have multiple inputs, such as Pier J, Pier D.

It remains unclear at this time how such a potential decision would affect the security screening and departure for the air hub as a whole.

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Passengers wait in line at Sun Country Airlines Terminal G at the Miami International Airport, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Miami. The airport is closing Terminal G this weekend as the federal government shutdown extends in the direction of a fourth week, because the security screeners are calling in sick to the double of the airport, the normal rate. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Reps for the TSA were not able to return Fox News’ request for comment on the story by the shutdown, as they are placed on leave until further notice.

MIA is said to be the twelfth busiest airport in the U.S., as America’s gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a November 2018 report of TripSavvy. The air hub is also America’s third busiest airport for international travelers, driving business revenue of $30.9 billion euros per year as it carries around 60 percent of all international visitors to the Sunshine State, according to the website of the airport.

A Transportation Security Administration officer working at the entrance of Hall G at the Miami International Airport, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Miami. The airport is closing Terminal G this weekend as the federal government shutdown extends in the direction of a fourth week, because the security screeners are calling in sick to the double of the airport, the normal rate.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

TSA spokesman Michael Bilello also told Bloomberg that the agency has not heard of another airport is planning to shut down a whole hallway as MIA has.

In similar aviation news, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association filed a lawsuit Jan. 11 at the Trump administration, claim that the demands of thousands of controllers to work without pay, is a violation of the constitutional rights of Fox News reports.

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Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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