TSA to Close Some Security Lanes Due to Government Shutdown

TSA Workers Are Now Quitting Because of the Government Shutdown Union SaysMore

"TSA officers are among the lowest paid federal employees, with many living pay cheque to pay cheque", he wrote.

The rally was one of several across the country Thursday as the shutdown reached a critical stage in which hundreds of thousands of government workers will miss their first paycheck.

TSA spokesman Jim Gregory said officials are managing. For example, Alaska Airlines has warned that without FAA officials to sign off, the new Paine Field Airport near Seattle may not be able to open as promised on February 11.

Meanwhile, the national union representing 10000 air traffic controllers - who are also working without pay during the shutdown, now in its 21st day - sued the government Friday, claiming they are illegally being denied pay.

They say they're not taking a position on the stalemate, the President, Congress, the budget, the wall.

Miami International spokesman Greg Chin said the airport has had TSA workers call in sick at twice the usual rate, and TSA managers were unsure whether they would have enough staff to operate the airport's 11 checkpoints during normal operating hours.

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"I get nervous on flights and having them there really makes there makes me feel more comfortable", said Kyle Gorman.

About 10,000 air traffic controllers under the Federal Aviation Administration continue to work without pay.

The news comes as the National Air Traffic Controllers Association hit the Trump administration with a lawsuit in DC federal court Friday, arguing the government has "unlawfully deprived" its members of their wages during the impasse - "devastating" their lives and putting passengers at risk. Shuker asked. "You figure the government would be a model employee right, they should probably be the best, they should probably set the example ー but there they are, asking people to come in and not get paid, or people are sitting at home and not able to work".

An FAA spokesman said earlier this week that the agency is recalling inspectors and focusing resources on overseeing airline operations. And they don't know if they will get back pay. The Senate already passed the measure, which now goes to Trump for his signature.

Even before the shutdown, controllers have been working six-day weeks and 10-hour days at numerous country's busiest airports, NACTA's president Paul Rinaldi said, adding: "This staffing crisis is negatively affecting the National Airspace System, and the shutdown nearly certainly will make a bad situation worse".

The TSA says their security protocols have not been compromised and will not be compromised because of the government shutdown. "We're kind of out in uncharted water here". TSA said only about 220,000 travelers waited at least 15 minutes at checkpoints, while 0.2 percent - fewer than 5,000 - waited at least 30 minutes.

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