More airport security screeners calling off work amid shutdown

More airport security screeners calling off work amid shutdown

More airport security screeners calling off work amid shutdown

TSA employees fall in the latter category because they are considered essential.

Hundreds of TSA officers - who have been required to work without pay since the shutdown began December 22 - have called out sick in recent days, according to national reports.

Fellow TSA agents, who are also going without pay, worked extra hours to cover the staffing gap, CNN reported.

Similarly, call-outs increased by 200-300% at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

CNN went on to respond to Trump, writing that while Trump "may not like the truth", TSA did confirm that the number of call outs had increased.

"Security operations at airports have not been impacted by a non-existent sick out", department spokesperson Tyler Houlton tweeted regarding the story. "To date the [checkpoint] wait times remain within TSA standards".

As many as 170 TSA officers are calling in sick each day at JFK Airport rather than work without a paycheck during the partial government shutdown, raising serious security concerns.

"Call outs began over the holiday period and have increased, but are causing minimal impact given there are 51,739 employees supporting the screening process", he said in a statement.

They say TSA employees who are now working will eventually be paid once the shutdown is over.

'This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect, ' Hydrick Thomas, president of the national TSA employee union, told CNN. 'Overall, 99.8 percent waited less than 30 minutes'.

In absence of a path forward, the shutdown could become the longest in American history, surpassing the previous record of 21 days in the '90s, under President Bill Clinton and a Republican-led Congress, according to CNN.

That means that if the shutdown continues, it's bound to get worse.

Numerous employees are forced to call out because they can no longer afford childcare without a paycheck, or need to use the time they would be working for the TSA to earn money they can use to pay rent or other living expenses. "Security effectiveness will not be compromised".

"I don't care that most of the workers not getting paid are democrats, I want to stop the shutdown as soon as we are in agreement on strong border security!" Reports say the impasse could possibly last weeks to years. But federal officials reportedly believe the "blue flu" - TSA uniforms are blue - has all the hallmarks of a coordinated protest against the shutdown. "TSA officers are telling the union they will find another way to make money".

If you have a flight to the United States coming up, you might want to give yourself a little extra time at the airport.

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