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Government shutdown hits Houston airport as security checkpoint closes

The US Capitol.
The US Capitol.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A security checkpoint at Houston’s main airport closed as the impact of the weeks-old US government shutdown broadened.

The Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Terminal B closed at 3:30 p.m. local time on Sunday because of staffing issues tied to the shutdown, and will remain shut all day, George Bush Intercontinental Airport said in a statement. The terminal’s ticketing counter is also closed.

About 800,000 federal workers missed their pay for the first time Friday as the fallout spread from a stoppage that began Dec. 22. Miami International Airport last week told passengers to arrive at least two hours before domestic flights because of the uncertainties caused by the lapse in federal funding. While normal operations will resume on Monday at one of Miami’s concourses, more disruption is possible, the airport said.

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