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New York Area Airports Set Record for Passengers at Start of Passover/Easter Holiday Weekend

New York Area Airports Set Record for Passengers at Start of Passover/Easter Holiday Weekend

If you flew at the start of this past weekend, you weren’t alone.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration reported that two airports in the United States, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International, set records for the number of passengers screened at security checkpoints on Thursday, the unofficial start of the Passover/Easter holiday weekend.
LaGuardia Airport saw 59,698 travelers pass through its security checkpoints on Thursday, while Newark Liberty saw 78,811.
The previous record for LaGuardia …

Aviation Groups Warn of ‘Total Disruption’ During Government Shutdown

Unions representing air traffic controllers, airline pilots, and flight attendants said that the partial government shutdown is causing an “unprecedented” and “unconscionable” safety threat to the skies.
The joint statement, issued by three unions representing over 130,000 aviation professionals, also said that the threat to safety is growing as the shutdown continues with no end in sight.
“We have a growing concern for the safety and security of our members, our airlines …

More TSA Security Screeners Call In Sick as Government Shutdown Enters Day 30

More TSA Security Screeners Call In Sick as Government Shutdown Enters Day 30

The Transportation Security Administration released on Sunday absenteeism figures for Friday and Saturday, days 28 and 29 of the partial government shutdown. The shutdown will enter its 30th day on Monday.
The absence rate for Friday was 7% and it was 8% on Saturday. The average absenteeism figure a year ago was roughly 3%.
Also on Saturday, Baltimore/Washington International Airport became the latest major airport to have to close a checkpoint due …

Travelers Face Longer Lines, Closed Screening Areas as Unpaid TSA Workers Call In Sick

Travelers Face Longer Lines, Closed Screening Areas as Unpaid TSA Workers Call In Sick

Travelers were experiencing long lines at airport security checkpoints in many cities as the result of a rising absentee rate amongst federal workers who staff them and who, thanks to the partial government shutdown, are not being paid.
At at least two of the nation’s largest airports, airport managers had to close major checkpoints and consolidate operations due to a shortage of agents to man them.
TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said in …

Amidst Shutdown, TSA Screeners Call In Sick

Amidst Shutdown, TSA Screeners Call In Sick

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 …

TSA’s ‘Blogger Bob,’ Curtis Robert Burns, Dies at 48

TSA’s ‘Blogger Bob,’ Curtis Robert Burns, Dies at 48

Curtis Robert Burns, known to many frequent travelers as the Transportation Security Administration’s “Blogger Bob,” died on October 19 at a hospital in Ohio.  He was 48.
The cause of death was a serious bacterial infection, according to what his friends posted on social media.
Burns was born in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1970 and served in the army after graduating high school.  He returned to Hamilton, where he worked for UPS as …

TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers Opening at Staples Stores

TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers Opening at Staples Stores

To combat lagging enrollment, the Transportation Security Administration is opening up PreCheck enrollment centers at Staples office supply stores around the country.
In partnership with IdentoGo, which is managing the enrollment process, Staples and the TSA have opened over 30 Staples locations across the country including ones in California, New York, Maryland, and Virginia.
IdentoGo will open over 20 more locations inside Staples store by the end of the year, it said.
Appointments …