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.
Miami International spokesman Greg Chin said the airport has had TSA workers call in sick at twice the usual rate, and TSA managers were unsure whether they would have enough staff to operate the airport's 11 checkpoints during normal operating hours.
From Saturday through Monday, Terminal G - one of six at the airport - will close at 1:00 pm (1800 GMT).
United States airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay have warned that security and safety could be compromised if a government shutdown continues beyond today, when some workers will miss their first pay cheques.
- Atlanta TSA union voiced their disapproval of the ongoing partial federal government shutdown as it entered its 20th day on Thursday.
"Each day, the FAA's Air Traffic Controllers", the lawsuit says, "are responsible for ensuring the safe routing of tens of thousands of flights, often working lengthy, grueling overtime shifts to do so". The TSA has 51,000 transportation-security officers, who have continued to work because they are deemed essential employees.
"TSA officers are among the lowest paid federal employees, with many living paycheck-to-paycheck", Thompson wrote.More news: Meghan Markle’s Half-Brother Arrested For DUI
Those workers on Friday will get their first $0.00 pay stub, stoking worries that the situation could soon become untenable.
Airport screeners start around $24,000 and most earn between $26,000 and $35,000 a year, according to TSA.
The agency has very few tools to deal with a severe shortage. But once the security checkpoint closes, outbound passengers will have no access to the gates and the restaurants and shops that depend on departing flights for business will shut down, too, Chin said.
"The widespread impact on the business travel industry is undeniable", said Michael McCormick, executive director and chief operating officer for GBTA.
'We felt we had to make a decision before the weekend, ' Chin said.
Other airports had similar messages.
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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association noted that the number controllers is now at a 30-year low, with 18 percent of controllers eligible to retire. There is no indication that is happening yet. "They're erring on the side of caution". Even though she's not getting paid, she's showing up to work. "That's obviously where it becomes more hard", he said.
"I don't care who thinks they're gonna be the victor". Separately, more than 17,000 other FAA workers have been furloughed.
Longer lines will alienate travelers and could push more airports to replace government employees with privately contracted screening agents.
The stress is already taking a toll at some airports.
Across the country, protesters rallied for the 420,000 employees who are working without pay - and the 380,000 who are simply out of work.
The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers, filed its own lawsuit January 8. But Chin said the airport has been monitoring security checkpoints and they have not seen abnormal delays. For employees, the consequences are getting real as they're about to miss their first paycheck on Friday.More news: Saudi Arabia to announce slight rise in oil, gas reserves after audit