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Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:29 PM

First on CNN: Hundreds of TSA screeners, working without pay, calling out sick at major airports

Washington (CNN)Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers, who are required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called out from work this week from at least four major airports, according to two senior agency officials and three TSA employee union officials.

The mass call outs could inevitably mean air travel is less secure, especially as the shutdown enters its second week with no clear end to the political stalemate in sight.

"This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect," Hydrick Thomas, president of the national TSA employee union, told CNN.

At New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, as many as 170 TSA employees have called out each day this week, Thomas tells CNN. Officers from a morning shift were required to work extra hours to cover the gaps.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/04/politics/shutdown-tsa-screening/index.html?utm_content=2019-01-04T21%3A11%3A53&utm_source=twCNNp&utm_term=image&utm_medium=social

Trump is shutting down the government over a fake national security issue and creating an actual national security issue.

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Reply First on CNN: Hundreds of TSA screeners, working without pay, calling out sick at major airports (Original post)
bearsfootball516 Jan 2019 OP
OliverQ Jan 2019 #1
maxsolomon Jan 2019 #4
violetpastille Jan 2019 #8
yardwork Jan 2019 #7
dogman Jan 2019 #2
cloudbase Jan 2019 #3
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2019 #5
regnaD kciN Jan 2019 #6
Sugar Smack Jan 2019 #13
clutterbox1830 Jan 2019 #9
Wellstone ruled Jan 2019 #10
demmiblue Jan 2019 #11
lpbk2713 Jan 2019 #12
akraven Jan 2019 #14

Response to bearsfootball516 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:33 PM

1. This is scary. And I'm taking a trip in May.

Hope the shutdown doesn't last that long.

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Response to OliverQ (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:42 PM

4. You're going to be OK

You'd probably be OK even if the TSA didn't exist.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:48 PM

8. +1

And I wouldn't have the sense of dread that they are going to scream at me this time for not moving along fast enough or poke around imy bra and panties for the umpteenth time.

If you aren't afraid to go to the mall, or church, or the movies, or a concert or a club, or a High School you needn't be anymore afraid of the airport.

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Response to OliverQ (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:48 PM

7. Get to the airport very early. The TSA lines will be long.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:36 PM

2. Working without pay would sure make me sick.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:41 PM

3. They should show up.

Then, to ensure maximum security, everybody should have to go through secondary screening. Can't be too careful. Work to rule.

Lines out the doors, flights delayed or canceled, angry travelers everywhere.

Congress will act pretty fast at that point.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:42 PM

5. Sure hope doesn't know what reagan did to the striking airline controllers.



Can't blame low pay TSAs for walking out, esp. if they heard the news today that Trump and Pence just got a 10 K pay raise.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 05:42 PM

6. It's illegal for government workers to go out on strike...

...but there's nothing illegal about catching a cold, or about being so worn out by worrying on how to make ends meet that your workrate slows down to a crawl...


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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 07:46 PM

13. This *cold* could go on for months!

Even YEARS!

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 06:19 PM

9. A lot them should stop going to work.

A lot of right wingers keep saying that all those government workers are overpaid and unnecessary even though they have no clue what jobs/work government employees do exactly. Nobody going do anything until it affect regular people.

Currently, most Americans are not allowed to board a commercial flight without passing TSA screening. Once people start seeing hour long waits at TSA stations and/or miss their flights, they will demand better. Otherwise a lot of Americans will continue with daily lives. This goes the same for other furlough employees. Unfortunately, that is the way it is.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 06:39 PM

10. Most folks here are getting some of the real story,

when you burn your sick time,then you are likely to get the no show voluntary quit status,or just friggin fired. Most of the TSA Managers are ex airline fuckups and are plain hard asses. Watched a couple of these Slugs in action,and if it was not for the Shop Stewart on shift,things would have gotten real ugly real fast.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 07:39 PM

11. I can't say that I blame them. What a clusterfuck. n/t

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 07:44 PM

12. The solution is fairly simple.




Trump should stop holding our country hostage for his silly ass wall.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 08:03 PM

14. After my last experience in taking a flight from here to Alabama?

I absolutely will never fly a commercial airline again. FUCK YOU TSA. You made my 90 year old mother take off her shoes and fucking frisked her.

The TSA protects NOTHING but their own jobs.

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