Thursday, 17 January, 2019

US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

TSA officer Mike Gayzagian TSA officer Mike Gayzagian
Orlando Vargas | 12 January, 2019, 18:05

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. The percentage of TSA workers who called in sick on Thursday was 5.1 percent, compared to a 3.3 percent unscheduled absence rate on the same day past year, TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said in a Tweet.

Concourse G at the Miami airport will be closed after 1 p.m. Saturday through Monday and travelers will be directed to other checkpoints.

United, Frontier and Bahamas Air are among the airlines found in Terminal G.

Miami International Airport wants travelers to know that passengers may experience changes to their security checkpoint and departure gate this weekend.

"We'll have to see", said airport spokesman Greg Chin. 'They're erring on the side of caution'.

Airport officials say on Twitter that passengers have been leaving notes and doing other kind gestures for the TSA agents since the shutdown began last month.

Airport security officers, along with air traffic controllers and employees at more than a dozen US agencies and departments, have been caught in a political battle between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over whether to fund a border wall with Mexico.

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"It sucks because if I had a flight arranged for that time.it's gonna really impact my travel plans", said the 35-year-old who was vacationing in Florida with his wife and son. Terminal G's flights will be diverted to other terminals this weekend.

As "essential" federal employees, TSA agents have been showing up for work without payment for almost a month at one of the lowest paying and most thankless jobs in the airport industry, according to Money.

As the federal government shutdown continues through its third week, airport workers are getting hit hard as they are expected to work without a paycheck. However, some of the officers are still coming in to work.

"Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown", AFGE TSA Council president Hydrick Thomas said in a statement on the AFGE website.

57-thousand TSA employees were not paid Friday as the potentially longest shutdown in USA history continues.

"Despite providing essential government services, TSA officers are among the lowest paid Federal employees, with many living paycheck-to-paycheck", Representative Bernie Thompson, the new Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security wrote in a recent letter to the TSA leadership.

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