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No pay for TSA agents could slow down airport security lines

14 January, 2019, 05:28 | Author: Sara Gill
  • TSA officer Mike Gayzagian

Agents are reportedly staging "sickouts" - calling in sick in a silent protest at their situation.

The airport said that on Saturday, Sunday and Monday it will end flights at 1 p.m. from Concourse G and relocate them to either to Concourse F or Concourse H. Miami is the 14th busiest US airport, handling 20 million passengers annually.

Reports that "sick" USA border employees have affected security were dismissed by the Transportation Security Administration, which released a statement last weekend saying that while sick calls had increased over the holidays, security effectiveness has not been compromised and screening waiting times were "well within TSA standards".

However, that seems to be an anomaly as most airports - including Hector International Airport in Fargo - have seen no extra delays at their TSA lines during the partial government shutdown.

Chin said Terminal G will close at 1 p.m. Saturday, reopen for flights Sunday morning and close again at 1 p.m. that day.

As an alternative source of pay for TSA agents, Bidwell suggests the small September 11 Security Fee that every passenger pays as part of airfare.

Rather than having less staff on each terminal, the airport has taken the decision to close one terminal completely and redistribute staff. The TSA is part of the Department of Homeland Security, which is the largest federal agency affected by the partial shutdown.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is now suing the Trump administration on behalf of the thousands of controllers that have not been paid during the record-breaking shutdown. Its closure means restaurants and shops that depend on departing flights also will close.

As for their paychecks, he said the TSA workers eventually will get paid. He declined to say how many inspectors are working, but union officials believe it's about 100. "Even though the workers are eligible to receive back pay once the shutdown is over, many live paycheck to paycheck".

"Security standards have NOT and will NOT be compromised", tweeted TSA spokesman Michael Bilello.

Brad Boettcher, with Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, said those issues haven't popped up locally.

Some airports are trying to help the unpaid federal employees.

The FAA and the U.S. Department of Justice, which defends the federal government in court, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

People who fly out of Chattanooga's Airport know getting through security is typically a breeze.

Cox argued that compared with other agencies, the workers are facing tougher conditions and lackluster wages, making the shutdown especially grueling.



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