Hundreds Of TSA Workers Without Pay, Call Out Sick At Major Airports
Hundreds of TSA workers who have been forced to work without paychecks through the government shutdown are starting to call out from major airports.
The call-outs mean that airport security will be less efficient and could severely harm aviation. There has been no decision on reopening the government as the shutdown pushes into its second week.
“This will definitely affect the flying public who we are sworn to protect,” Hydrick Thomas, president of the national TSA employees said to CNN.
TSA rep Michael Bilello added that the agency is “closely monitoring the situation” and that “screening wait times remain well within TSA standards,” but that could change if the number of call-outs increases.
Around 170 TSA employees have called out at JFK with an extra 200%-300% increase of call-outs at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Officers who work other shifts are working extra hours to cover for absentees.
“This problem of call outs is really going to explode over the next week or two when employees miss their first paycheck,” a union official at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport revealed. “TSA officers are telling the union they will find another way to make money. That means calling out to work other jobs.”
As we reported, Donald Trump has shut down numerous efforts by the Democrats to reopen the government while they negotiate on the border wall.