Travel Warning: Expect Longer Security Lines At US Airports

Travel Warning: Expect Longer Security Lines At US Airports

Travel Warning: Expect Longer Security Lines At US Airports

Transportation Safety Administration officials said Friday they were monitoring reports that the nation's airports were experiencing an increase in "sick outs" as the partial federal government shutdown entered its third week.

And Bilello disputed reports that more than 150 TSA agents called out sick at JFK International Airport in NY.

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

Saturday's media dump suggested that scores of TSA workers failed to show up to work as the government shutdown hits the two-week mark.

"CNN has the cell numbers of multiple @TSA public affairs professionals, but rather than validate statistics, they grossly misrepresented them".

DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton denounced the CNN report in a tweet Friday evening. Security operations at airports have not been impacted by a non-existent sick out. The agency said wait times may be affected but so far "remain well within TSA standards".

It is unclear how many agents are missing their shift at BWI because they say they're too sick to work - or how that number compares to a normal period.

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Callouts have also increased 200-300 per cent at Dallas-Fort Worth, and are 10% higher at North Carolina's Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte airports, CNN reports.

People traveling through Detroit's Metro Airport say they're not concerned about TSA employees calling off work during the government shutdown.

Hundreds of TSA officers called out from work this week at some major airports. "This will be the first time that a lot of these folks who've worked, will not have a paycheck and many people don't react until that happens", said Leigh Purdum, a transportation security officer at CHO. "Because - we give them a couple of minutes, but we can't wait forever", she said.

The president is meeting with a group this weekend he assembled to tackle the issue and hopefully find a solution.

CNN said the mass call outs could lead to less secure air travel as the shutdown continues into its second week with no clear end in sight.

'This staffing crisis is negatively affecting the National Airspace System, and the shutdown nearly certainly will make a bad situation worse, ' National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi said in a statement. Yesterday, TSA screened over 2.2 million passengers, ' the statement continued. At Dallas-Fort Worth International, the wait time was slightly longer than in NY but still within TSA standards.

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