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Government shutdown: TSA shortages push MIA to close terminal

12 January 2019

The President of the TSA's union, American Federation of Government Employees Local 332, Bill Reese said in a statement: "In Pittsburgh, our people are dedicated".

As the government shutdown continues to stretch on, Pittsburgh International Airport has made a decision to provide an act of kindness to the TSA agents working without pay right now. "If this keeps up there are problems that will arise - least of which would be increased wait times for travelers".

Chin said that if the shutdown continues and additional screeners don't show up for work, the airport could be forced to close a security checkpoint at terminals that have multiple entry points, such as Concourse J or Concourse D.

"This is a matter of safety, security, and economic concern", said the Association of Flight Attendants, which held a protest in the capital Washington on Thursday along with other aviation sector unions, to demand the resumption of normal services.

The Transportation Security Administration said that 5.1 percent of screeners were absent on Thursday, up from 3.3 percent on the same date previous year.

As the effects of the shutdown began to ripple out, the Trump administration insisted that air travel staffing was adequate and travellers had not faced unusual delays. TSA workers were paid two weeks ago, but won't be getting their latest paycheck at the end of the week.

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"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.

"I don't care who thinks they're gonna be the victor".

Like other federal workers considered essential, TSA screeners have been working without pay throughout a shutdown that began December 22.

Screeners start around $24,000 a year, and most earn between $26,000 and $35,000, according to TSA. "In order to maintain the right level of staffing, it's critical to have a continuous process of recruiting, training and getting new officers to our nation's airports", Bilello said.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) noted that the number of controllers was already at a 30-year low, with 18 per cent of controllers eligible to retire. "In fact, plaintiffs' job is so demanding and requires such rare stills that the FAA struggles to maintain a full complement of certified Air Traffic Controllers". After the skipped check, Shuker said it may only be days before some workers can't afford to travel to work. "We are, though, very much monitoring checkpoints, and we're in close contact with the federal authorities and the airlines", said Cynthia Vega, a spokeswoman for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Government shutdown: TSA shortages push MIA to close terminal