TSA Screeners Working Without Pay During Government Shutdown Calling Out Sick

'Blue Flu': Hundreds Of Unpaid TSA Officials Call Out Sick At Major Airports

Alleging "fake news" had "grossly misrepresented" the figures related to the air travel industry, Tyler Q. Houlton denied that it was creating a vulnerability and less workers strive to do more than usual. Wait times may be affected depending on the number of call outs.

Morning-shift officers at the airport are being forced to work extra hours to cover the gaps, he told CNN.

Not only that, many employees who called in sick were out looking for work during the shutdown.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials played down concerns the government shutdown poses a threat to safety at major airports, but warned that the second half of next week could be crucial if workers do not get paid.

He posted online: 'Security operations at airports have not been impacted by a non-existent sick out'.

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The president's insistence on funding for a proposed border wall between the US and Mexico led to the latest government shutdown, which began December 22.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport typically has only 25 to 30 TSA employees call out sick each day; now, those call-outs are up 200 to 300 percent, a local TSA official told CNN.

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

"Please, everyone, have patience with the officers who came to work", a Delta Airlines employee pleaded with travelers surrounding her. "Please".

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

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The statement said TSA is "closely monitoring the situation" and "grateful to the agents who show up to work, remain focused on the mission and respectful to the traveling public as they continue the important work necessary to secure the nation's transportation systems". As of Friday, those wait times remain within the agency's standards, TSA said.

"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. Democrats, empowered by a decisive victory in last year's midterm elections, have dismissed Trump's demands.

The president is meeting with a group this weekend he assembled to tackle the issue and hopefully find a solution. But federal officials reportedly believe the "blue flu" - TSA uniforms are blue - has all the hallmarks of a coordinated protest against the shutdown.

Passengers can also avoid getting stopped with a prohibited item by making sure to check the "Can I Bring My...?" feature on tsa.gov to determine if they can bring an item in a carry-on, a checked bag or if they should leave it at home. At New York's LaGuardia and JFK airports, travelers can check the security wait times at their gates before they leave for the airport.

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