TSA Screeners Working Without Pay During Government Shutdown Calling Out Sick

Passengers wait at a TSA airport security checkpoint

Passengers wait at a TSA airport security checkpoint

"This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect", Hydrick Thomas, president of the national TSA employee union, says in the report. The workers likely will go without their first paycheck this weekend.

The union, the American Federation of Government Employees, did not return a request for comment Friday.

"This is our third shutdown in a year", Bilello said, "so we have some experience and we take it one day at a time".

Saturday's media dump suggested that scores of TSA workers failed to show up to work as the government shutdown hits the two-week mark.

North Carolina airports, including Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, have experienced 10% higher TSA call outs, according to Mac Johnson, the local union president.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson initially denied there was any "sickout" problem at all.

Their claim service hadn't been affected contrasted the idea put forward by employee union officials who were quoted by the New York Times as saying more than 150 people had called in to say they would be absent from work on Friday at New York's John F Kennedy Airport alone.

The agency said the call outs are causing "minimal impact" because of the 51,739 employees supporting the screening process. "A prolonged government shutdown could potentially impact security and wait times at airports, as transportation security officers seek other employment", said Mr Christopher Bidwell, senior vice-president for security.

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Hundreds of travelers were stuck in lines at LaGuardia Airport on January 6, 2019, amid increased callouts by TSA agents during the government shutdown.

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"We've never had a situation where officers did not get paid", TSA Administrator David Pekoske told reporters while demonstrating security procedures at a Washington-area airport days before the shutdown began.

And it appears that an increasing number of them aren't having it anymore.

Trump planned to meet with congressional leaders at 11 a.m. Saturday for more negotiations.

They say TSA employees who are now working will eventually be paid once the shutdown is over. Yesterday, TSA screened over 2.2 million passengers, ' the statement continued.

'To date, however, screening wait times remain well within TSA standards.

Officers could even be forced to loosen standards for checked baggage, experts told CNN.

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