TSA checkpoint closed at BWI due to 'excessive callouts'

FILE PHOTO - A TSA worker helps passengers at the Salt Lake City International Airport, Wednesday, Jan., 16, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A TSA checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Airport closed at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday due to excessive callouts among security screening employees.

The Transporation Security Administration has seen a spike in callouts nationwide as the government shutdown lingers on. TSA agents are considered "essential" employees due to the nature of their work, which means that they must continue working without pay.

In a tweet, BWI Airport advised travelers to "arrive early for evening flights, and contact the airport [and their] airline for updates."

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