Firstly, they're appreciative of the work by TSA agents and employees at their local airports and many try to share good cheer and plenty of thanks as they go through security lines. However, Monday morning the agency did report a spike in call outs, with 7.6% absent, according to a tweet from assistant administrator for public affairs Michael Bilello.
According to WSB-TV Atlanta, a passenger on Delta Airlines managed to sneak a gun past the security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and fly all the way to Tokyo, Japan before being discovered.
Starting Monday, Tampa International Airport is hosting a food bank to help its federal workers. After several news outlets published stories featuring long lines at airport security, the Department of Homeland Security pushed back, calling the reporting "fake news".
A TSA security checkpoint at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport had to be closed Sunday because of a similar situation.
The Atlanta airport was one of two airports in the country to implement "contingency plans" Monday because of absences and other issues.
More than twice as many TSA agents called out sick on Monday compared to past year, according to the TSA.
Travelers with guns without a firearm license will be arrested, the TSA said, while anyone discovered with a gun can also face a fine of up to $13,000 per violation. The airport has announced its shutdown of the screening checkpoint for Terminal B, serving United, due to a shortage of agents.
Miami International Airport (MIA) closed one of its terminals over the weekend in order to send TSA workers to busier checkpoints.
However, he said that not getting paid is adding stress to an already stressful job.
TSA chief David Pekoske wrote on Friday that he had approved a $500 bonus for officers at checkpoints who have worked without pay in what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. "In addition to this, he approved awards of $500 for each uniformed screening officer, in recognition of their hard work during yet another busy holiday travel season, maintaining the highest of security standards during an extraordinary period".