Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

Travelers organize their luggage before entering a security checkpoint at Miami International Airport, Friday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

ATLANTA — America’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has thinned the ranks of federal workers who staff airport security lines. And some travelers had braced for the worst.