More airport security screeners calling off work amid shutdown

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

With many travelers expecting delays due to the shutdown, TSA did add a disclaimer that wait times will be affected depending on the number of call outs.

TSA employees are expected to work without pay during the shutdown because they are considered essential. The normal call-in rate is 3.5 per cent, and yesterday it increased to 5.5 per cent, according to TSA.

TSA union president Hydrick Thomas told CNN around 170 employees had called in sick every day of the past week from JFK International Airport, forcing the remaining employees to work overtime - and still for no pay. "TSA itself put out a statement acknowledging increased call-outs after we published". "TSA officers are telling the union they will find another way to make money".

The publication said whereas 25 to 30 TSA staff are absent from a typical shift, the numbers at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport had shot up by 200-300 percent. The agency said wait times may be affected but so far "remain well within TSA standards". "But, you know, there probably are some folks in there that perhaps are not coming in because they're frustrated or because they're looking for other jobs".

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman lashed out at CNN on Friday, labeling as "fake news" the network's report that hundreds of Transportation Security Administration screeners at the nation's airports have been staging a "sick out" this week amid the partial government shutdown.

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Jonathan Dean, a BWI spokesman, said the airport is "monitoring the situation and working closely with our TSA counterpart". About 800,000 workers now receive no pay, and roughly 420,000 are required to report for work without pay with the same repercussions for absenteeism as if they were being paid.

That means that if the shutdown continues, it's bound to get worse. "Security effectiveness will not be compromised". Democrats, empowered by a decisive victory in last year's midterm elections, have dismissed Trump's demands.

The shutdown continues as President Donald Trump and Congress are unable to reach an agreement.

Hundreds of travelers were stuck in lines at LaGuardia Airport on January 6, 2019, amid increased callouts by TSA agents during the government shutdown.

Those officials say the potential options airports may use include fewer random pat down security checks on passengers, or giving passengers who have not been vetted for the PreCheck program an expedited screening.

Airports struggling with manpower issues could also opt to loosen standards for checked baggage based on a theory that people would not bring a bomb onto their own flights because the explosion would kill them, too.

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