TSA Officers Get $500 Bonuses Amid Shutdown

TSA Officers Get $500 Bonuses Amid Shutdown

Almost 800,000 federal workers across the country are either on furlough or working without pay through the shutdown, as thousands now apply for unemployment, CNBC reported.

If a significant number of controllers missed work, the Federal Aviation Administration could be forced to extend separation requirements, amount of time between takeoffs and landings, which could delay travel.

TSA employees called in sick in higher numbers on Saturday, the day after their first missed paycheck since the US government wound down on December 22.

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee checks the documents of a traveller at Reagan National Airport in Washington, US, January 6, 2019.

The TSA considers a normal wait time on security line 30 minutes or less.

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- Numerous 800,000 federal workers affected by the government shutdown are spread out across the county.

Miami International Airport is taking the rare step of shutting down early one of its terminals for three days amid concerns there are not enough TSA agents to screen passengers.

In addition to missing a regular payday, thousands of TSA employees are dealing with winter weather stretching from the Midwest to the East Coast.

Rather than having less staff on each terminal, the airport has taken the decision to close one terminal completely and redistribute staff.

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. The shutdown has stalled the required federal approvals for new jets and routes, as well as certifications for new mechanics and other industry employees. Its closure means restaurants and shops that depend on departing flights also will close. Now, some are quitting altogether, their union says.

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'While I realize this is not what you are owed for your hard work during pay period 26 and what you deserve, I hope these actions alleviate some of the financial hardship many of you are facing, ' Pekoske tweeted. Airports in San Francisco and Kansas City already do that, with approval from the Transportation Department.

For concerned travelers, the advice remains the same: Airlines and airport officials advise passengers to allow plenty of time to get through security.

Some airports are trying to help the unpaid federal employees.

You may be asking why Miami Airport is expecting itself to be short staffed if TSA personnel are essential.

Five inches of snow in New Jersey and ice-covered roads as far south as North Carolina made for unsafe driving conditions in other parts of the country.

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