Air visitors controllers' union sues over unpaid work throughout authorities shutdown

Air visitors controllers' union sues over unpaid work throughout authorities shutdown

Air visitors controllers' union sues over unpaid work throughout authorities shutdown

Miami International Airport is shutting down one of its terminals for parts of this weekend because of a shortage of available screeners at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Now, some are quitting altogether, their union says.

While the shutdown lingers on, TSA agents like Garcia said they are receiving support from other airport staffers and passengers. "We are so thankful to the federal employees including TSA, FAA, Customs and others for continuing to work without pay at this critical time", Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said.

TSA officers are some of the affected employees who continue to clock in, despite not getting paid.

In addition, around 800,000 federal employees have been on furlough or are being forced to continue working without pay, costing the USA economy an estimated several billion dollars to date.

"A hundred out of 3,300 is probably not real good odds", said Stephen Carl, an FAA inspector in Florida. The shutdown is hurting her ability to keep up with those responsibilities, the suit said.

Travelers meanwhile are beginning to worry about long lines, with a spike in the number of Transportation Security Administration agents calling in sick since the end of December.

"As the lines slow down and the crowds grow larger, it puts more and more passengers at risk from an attack", Price said.

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TSA Administrator David Pekoske announced the compensation Friday on Twitter amid mounting concerns that the nation's airports might not be able to provide the usual standard of security. He added, "The screeners who do come to work will be forced to make up the slack, which erodes their effectiveness even more".

The stress is already taking a toll at some airports. Officials say there have been no major delays, and no impact on national security.

TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said that "in an effort to optimize resources without degrading screening and security effectiveness, where it is feasible, TSA is working with key stakeholders and industry partners to explore efforts to consolidate officers and operations". More TSA tips are available at https://www.tsa.gov/travel. TSA agents are on the lower end of the federal pay scale, earning between $36,000 and $43,000 annually.

Travellers are prevented from entering a closed down terminal at the Miami International Airport.

Of those thousands of employees, a small fraction of them work at the only commercial airport in Onslow County.

The shifts show how the impact from the shutdown, the result of an impasse between President Donald Trump and lawmakers over funding for a barrier along the southern USA border, are impacting aviation.

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