"The TSA has determined that standard procedures have not been followed and a passenger has gone through a standard TSA checkpoint with a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on the morning of January 3," the release said.
Delta Airlines also made a statement to CNN stating that the airline reported the incident to the TSA on disclosure by the customer.
The security breach occurred two weeks after the government closed, while the TSA agents had to work but did not receive any paychecks. CNN reported on January 4, one day after the breach, that hundreds of TSA agents from at least four major airports had reported sickness.
However, the TSA dismissed the proposals that contributed to the government's closure to the security collapse. On this day, a normal number of employees worked.
"The perception that this might have occurred as a result of the government's partial government shutdown would be wrong," the TSA said. "The nationwide unscheduled absence of TSA employees on Thursday, January 3, 201
The TSA stated that it" will hold those responsible accountable. "
"Security standards are NOT and have NOT been compromised," said Michael Bilello, Deputy Administrator of Public Affairs TSA, on Twitter.
"Although I realize that you are not due for your hard work … and what you hope I can do is mitigate some of the financial difficulties that many of you are facing," wrote TSA Administrator David Pekoske.