The Transportation Security Administration confirmed on Sunday reports that an armed passenger had managed to board an international Delta flight from Atlanta to Tokyo, but the authorities insisted that the partial shutdown of the government had nothing to do with the mistake have.
Delta said passenger on the flight on Jan. 2 reported the firearm and was cooperative, according to The Washington Post. The unidentified passenger was greeted by Japanese authorities after Flight DL 295 landed at Narita International Airport.
According to Bloomberg, since December 22, more than 51,000 TSA employees work without pay. There were a number of staffing issues at airports such as Miami International and George Bush International.
The TSA said the incident was not due to these personnel issues, the Post reported. The newspaper reported that it rarely happens that a passenger surrenders security with a firearm.
A statement from the agency said that the procedures were not followed.
"The TSA has held those responsible accountable," the statement says.
The partial closure was a continuing stalemate between Republicans and Democrats who are unable to approve a new spending bill. President Trump wants the financing of the border walls, and the Democrats have rejected the President.
A TSA union leader told The Hill that the agents had quit their jobs.
David P. Pekoske, the administrator of the TSA, said last week that uniformed officers can expect a $ 500 bonus on Tuesday for their work during the holiday season.