Air traffic controllers sue Trump administration over government shutdown


Here is a roundup of recent developments in the partial government shutdown's impact on air travel. Chin said an increase in TSA employees not reporting to work would prompt the airport to close a security checkpoint at terminals that have multiple entry points, such as Concourse J or Concourse D.

"Over time, that's going to have a detrimental effect on our ability to maintain the high standards the American people require", Willis said.

Screeners represent just 6 percent of government workers who didn't get paychecks Friday because of the shutdown.

Employees posted pictures of the pay statements on Twitter and vented their frustration as the standoff over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall entered its 21st day. But personnel that are deemed "essential", including air traffic controllers and law enforcement agents, have been working without pay.

The news comes as the National Air Traffic Controllers Association hit the Trump administration with a lawsuit in DC federal court Friday, arguing the government has "unlawfully deprived" its members of their wages during the impasse - "devastating" their lives and putting passengers at risk.

Controllers across the country started seeing pay stubs on Thursday showing that they are receiving no pay for their work guiding planes to airports nationwide.

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Miami International Airport announced it would close one of its terminals for three days because an increasing number of Transportation Security Administration employees are refusing to continue to work without pay during the partial government shutdown. But she said the plan is short-term and might end if more concourses lose checkpoints.

Like other federal workers considered essential, TSA screeners have been working without pay throughout a shutdown that began December 22.

Carl said ongoing investigations have been put on hold by the shutdown. A Federal Reserve survey in May found that 40 percent of Americans would have to borrow or sell something to make a $400 emergency payment. Security screeners have been calling in sick at twice the normal rate for the airport.

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TSA officers screened 1.96 million passengers on Thursday and 99.9 percent waited in line less than 30 minutes, according to the agency.

USA airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay have been warning that security and safety could be compromised if the government shutdown continues, but the Trump administration said on Wednesday that staffing is adequate and travelers have not faced unusual delays. "We're kind of out in uncharted water here".