Amidst Shutdown, TSA Screeners Call In Sick

By Anna Breuer on 5 January 2019
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Security checkpoint at T4 at JFK

Security checkpoint at T4 at JFK

Screeners working for the Transportation Security Administration, working without pay since the start of the partial government shutdown shortly before Christmas, have increasingly been calling in sick, union and airport officials reported. The screeners man checkpoints at most airports in the United States. The sick calls have been at several major airports in the United States.

At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the number of TSA employees calling in sick has been three times the norm, a local TSA official told CNN, which first reported the issue.

More than 170 screeners have called out sick on multiple recent days at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Union officials deny this is an orchestrated effort but point out that it may indicate this is the tip of the iceberg.

“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 told CNN.

Meanwhile, the TSA said that the issue is having “minimal impact” at the nation’s airports.

“Security effectiveness will not be compromised and performance standards will not change,” the agency said in a statement.

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