Hundreds of frustrated travelers were stuck on dark lines inside the Delta Airlines terminal at New York LaGuardia Airport Sunday afternoon, while a handful of employees from the airport were trying to keep them calm.

The massive lines arrived as the partial Government judgment began its third week, and while the TSA reported that its officers' appeals had decreased somewhat, officials said it did not cause long queues and that the crush was typical of the day. one Sunday at the end of the holiday season.

James Gregory, assistant to the deputy director of public affairs at TSA, said the agency "does not see any significant increases in average waiting times or legends". He added that long queues were a "normal event" at this time of the year.

"It is also interesting to point out that we are grateful for the more than 51,000 agents across the country who show up for work, remain mission-focused and respectful of the traveling public as they continue the important work needed to secure the country's transportation systems, "he said.

Regardless of the cause, the airport employees had their hands full to try to handle the endless queues.

"Please, everyone, be patient with the officers who came to work," pleaded a Delta Airlines employee to travelers who surrounded him. "Please, please."

The airline refused to comment on the delays, but passengers said the situation at LaGuardia, which is already undergoing a major reconstruction project, had reached a new low.

"I've never seen the queue at LaGuardia as badly," said John, a business traveler who asked that his last name not be used. "And I probably take the shuttle 40 to 50 times a year, 25 round trips."

PHOTO: A Transportation Safety Administration officer is working at a checkpoint at the Miami International Airport on January 6, 2019, in Miami.Lynne Sladky / AP

A transport security officer is working at a checkpoint at the Miami International Airport on January 6, 2019, in Miami.

the Government judgment, which left about 800,000 federal employees without pay, has reached a wide range of professionals, from Coast Guard members to air traffic controllers.

Negotiations between congressional Democrats and the Trump government for the reopening of the government failed to meet the president's demands for funding the anti-border wall. This Friday, January 11 is the first pay day for federal employees assigned to the affected roles since the start of the closure.

PHOTO: On January 6, 2019, hundreds of travelers lined up at LaGuardia Airport, due to more and more calls from TSA agents when the government shut down.Katie DenDaas / ABC News

Hundreds of travelers were stranded in the waiting lines at LaGuardia Airport on January 6, 2019, while TSA agents had been multiplying calls since the government closed.

Michael Bilello, deputy administrator of the TSA for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, said the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport workforce was down slightly.

On Friday, the recall rate was 5.5% of workers, compared to 3.5% on a "normal" day, Bilello said.

When ABC News asked him what this slight increase could be attributed to, he replied that "it could be anything."

"Could be a means of transport, children come home from school for the holidays," he added. "But, you know, there are probably people out there who may not come because they're frustrated or because they're looking for another job.

PHOTO: The trash rests on the National Mall while the partial shutdown of the US government began on the 12th day, January 2, 2019, in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

The trash rests on the National Mall while the partial closure of the US government began on the 12th day, January 2, 2019, in Washington, DC.

"It's the reality," he continued. "But, I see nothing that shows that it's coordinated or that it certainly has an impact on operations so far."

Nevertheless, waiting times at the airport have never exceeded 25 minutes, he added. Preckeck travelers never waited more than 8 minutes. On Friday, more than 90 percent of travelers at TSA checkpoints waited less than 15 minutes, he said.

Thursday and Friday, more than 4 million travelers from the country were controlled, said Bilello. The vast majority – in the 90th percentile – did not have to wait more than 15 minutes, he said.

In other airports in major cities like Houston and Chicago, the delays seemed normal. And Bilello disputed reports that more than 150 TSA agents were reported to have been sick at the JFK International Airport in New York.

PHOTO: On January 6, 2019, hundreds of travelers lined up at LaGuardia Airport, due to more and more calls from TSA agents when the government shut down.Katie DenDaas / ABC News

Hundreds of travelers were stranded in the waiting lines at LaGuardia Airport on January 6, 2019, while TSA agents had been multiplying calls since the government closed.

Bilello also attributed the delays to normal slowness at the end of the holiday season.

"While calls have increased throughout the country, around the same time of year, this is not unusual as Christmas approaches," Bilello said. "These numbers are certainly not extraordinary."

Nevertheless, some of the leaflets ABC News spoke with seemed to take into account the closure and the threat that TSA agents were declaring sick in their travel plans.

Debbie Jacob, who was flying with her mother and daughter to Rochester, told ABC News that she had arrived at the airport "several hours earlier than our flight had to leave".

"Because we wondered if there would be a long queue for security," said Jacob, who thanked the TSA workers who came to work Sunday. "We were here with a lot of time."

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to clarify that, according to the TSA, there is nothing to indicate that the long queues this weekend have been caused by phone calls. Agents linked to the closure of the government.

Amanda Maile, Meridith McGraw and Azure Gilman of ABC News contributed to this report.