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Checkpoints as TSA staff miss pay

Checkpoints as TSA staff miss pay

"Not only will continuing the shutdown increase airport delays and hinder commerce, it could have a negative impact on aviation security if a resolution does not come quickly", Congressman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said in a statement.

As concerns about the possible impacts of the government shutdown on airport screening grow, a passenger got a gun through the country's busiest airport and onto an global flight in his carry-on bag, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). "But we're very concerned that the situation of government workers working without pay is unsustainable". "We are down a few security lines, but things are moving pretty efficiently".

The TSA said in a statement on Sunday that security had not been compromised at USA airports.

Many employees are struggling to get by but still continue to work. Dallas/Fort Worth experienced a 2 percent jump in no-shows earlier this month, while Miami International Airport closed one of its concourses on Friday after workers called in sick at twice the normal rate, according to Reuters.

Last week, the TSA Council president for the American Federation of Government Employees said that agency workers had been suffering extreme financial hardship during the shutdown and that some employees had already walked off the job. About 95 per cent waited less than 15 minutes, according to the data. Passengers are forced to go through a surrounding checkpoint and then walk or take the train to their gate in Terminal B on the secure side of the airport. And there's no indication of when they will be receiving their next ones.

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"Security standards remain uncompromised at our nation's airports", TSA spokesman Jim Gregory wrote in an email.

Durham said that the airport had brought in more "customer engagement agents" to guide passengers.

TSA also announced that on January 11, administrator David Pekoske provided a day's pay for the employees on duty the day after the shutdown began and awarded bonuses to those who worked through the holidays.

Although the security breach occurred two weeks into the government shut down amid reports that TSA agents have been calling in sick while they are required to work without receiving pay, the agency says the incident was unrelated.

As a show of solidarity, a number of air traffic controllers in Canada have banded together to send pizza to their American counterparts amid payment freeze.