Nashville airport security lines remain short during shutdown

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 20:20:04-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Many airports around the country are seeing long security lines due to a lack of TSA workers, but that's not the case yet in Nashville.

In Houston, the Transportation Security Administration closed a TSA checkpoint at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, rerouting passengers to other terminals. And in Miami, the shutdown prompted an entire concourse to close early.

Airports are short staffed in connection to the partial federal shutdown. More than 50,000 TSA screeners have been working without pay since it started December 22. And now, hundreds of agents at airports across the country have been calling in sick to protest.

Wait times in Nashville have not been longer than usual. BNA passengers can use this online checkpoint guide to check wait times before arriving at the airport.

TSA says it will partially compensate employees who worked on Dec. 22 and those who worked during the holidays a bonus. But despite the long lines, officials say it’s still safe to fly.