Airports Brace for Safety Issues As TSA Employees React to Government Shutdown

Airports Brace for Safety Issues As TSA Employees React to Government Shutdown

Airports Brace for Safety Issues As TSA Employees React to Government Shutdown

An official tweeted recently that there is only a 1 percent increase in call outs compared to this time previous year. The concern was that if the impasse continues travel will be thrown into turmoil in the U.S.

In the past, federal employees have been granted back-pay when the government reopened after a shutdown.

Airport officials say safety is still their top priorit and they will call in additional agents and inspectors as needed.

The National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NACTA) meanwhile slammed the crisis, saying it was making hard conditions even worse for its 20,000 members.

A spokesperson told media outlets that the security checkpoints in terminal G would close after 1:00 pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

United Continental Holdings Inc. operates some flights at that concourse. More than 1,500 federal workers across the state are affected by the government shutdown.

Other major airports surveyed by The Associated Press said they had no immediate plans to close terminals or take other drastic measures.

11 de enero de 2019, 17:13Washington, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) The National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (Natca) sued the U.S. administration today because its members work without receiving a salary during the partial closure of the United States government. The shutdown has stalled the required federal approvals for new jets and routes, as well as certifications for new mechanics and other industry employees.

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Bill Kisseadoo, president of the Miami union for federal air-traffic controllers, said the missed payday has escalated the pressure on the roughly 100 workers at MIA's control tower who are supposed to focus exclusively on helping planes take off and land safely.

The union is seeking a temporary restraining order to force the government to pay employees. "My mom is actually having to pay the whole rent".

Carl said ongoing investigations have been put on hold by the shutdown.

Lines at the nation's airports have been normal, Bilello said.

In a statement, Pekoske praised TSA employees who came to work despite the shutdown.

President Donald Trump continues to insist on building the barrier, while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) have repeatedly said they will not approve any money for it, ever.

Many TSA agents, who earn an average of $35,000 a year, are not showing up to work and some are considering resigning due to financial hardship, according to the TSA Council of the American Federation of Government Employees, or AFGE.

Security lines at Logan Airport aren't being impacted by the shutdown and passengers seem to be sympathetic to those still working with a smile. Prospective officers that TSA chooses to hire from the jobs event could start working as full- or part-time officers within two to four weeks, Wood said.

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