Didn't think your Vacation to Cabo would be affected by the partial government shutdown? Too bad. It's being reported that one in every 13 TSA agents (there are 51,000 agents total), who have been ordered to work without pay since the shutdown began on December 22, are not showing up for work at all. It's so bad that numerous airports have closed checkpoints, and as of Sunday, George Bush Intercontinental Airport is now in that number. The airport has announced its shutdown of the screening checkpoint for Terminal B, serving United, due to a shortage of agents.
Travelers flying out of Terminal B will have to check in at a separate terminal—C or E—and then travel via tram back to Terminal B to take off, which obviously will add time to the entire check-in process. Plan to arrive an hour earlier than you normally would.
The Houston Airport System reports that the shutdown will continue through Tuesday, and a representative also told the New York Times that the Terminal B closure would "continue indefinitely," which is not boding well for any impending weekend getaways plans—there is no easy escape from the wretched whateverness that is America right now. You can still park in the Terminal B garage, however. Updates on the status of the security checkpoints at both Bush Airport and William P. Hobby Airport can be found at fly2houston.com.