TSA Denies Screeners Are Staging a Sickout

By Anna Breuer on 7 January 2019
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Security checkpoint at T4 at JFK

Security checkpoint at T4 at JFK

The Transportation Security Administration is denying that screeners at the nation’s airport security checkpoints are calling in sick in droves as a result of the partial federal government shutdown.

“Security operations at airports have not been impacted by a non-existent sick out,” said Department of Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton in a tweet on Friday.

Frustrated travelers flooded Twitter with their experiences at checkpoints.

“At least 1 hour delay on a flight out of JFK tonight because of a ‘lack of airport staff due to the US govt shutdown,’” said Ania Nussbaum in a tweet.

The TSA contradicted the claims of delays.

“To date, screening wait times remain well within TSA standards.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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