Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world's busiest, closed its main security checkpoint Wednesday after a screener tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to Mark Howell, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman, the employee last worked Tuesday from 3:30 a.m. to noon. Employees who worked with the screener were notified.
All passengers are being directed to the airport's north checkpoint, Howell said. The wait times Wednesday afternoon for the checkpoint were running 30 to 45 minutes, according to the airport's website.
"Obviously, it’s backed up." Howell said. "It’s a smaller checkpoint."
Howell said the main checkpoint is being thoroughly cleaned and could reopen as soon as Wednesday night. He said it would be open again Thursday "for sure."
Howell said the airport projects 27,000 passengers Thursday and Friday ahead of the July 4 holiday, up from a daily average of 20,000 in recent weeks. Nationwide, air travel remains down because of the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 860 TSA employees nationwide have tested positive for the coronavirus since February, including 29 in Atlanta. Five TSA employees have died nationwide.
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