Miss your flight? Thank the Trump Shutdown.

Shutdown
Yesterday, the President said: "When it comes to keeping the American people safe, I will never, ever back down." But shutting down the government for 25 days and putting undue stress on hardworking TSA agents who are forced to work without pay is not making Americans any safer. Instead, it’s putting them at risk and causing chaos at our nation’s airports. Read more about how the shutdown is impacting air travel here:

AP: No. of no-show airport security screeners soars in shutdown
 
“The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week.”

“At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, some passengers waited more than an hour to get through checkpoints. The airport reported the long lines on its website Monday morning, showing the hour-plus waits at all three checkpoints in the domestic terminal. ”

“‘It’s chaos out here,’ passenger Vincent Smith said as he stood in a line that snaked through the Atlanta airport’s atrium and baggage claim areas. ‘This line, I’ve been here about 15 minutes and it has moved 2 feet.’”

“But Smith said he could relate to government workers who don’t show up so they can find other ways to make ends meet. ‘If I was a government worker, yes, I would probably call in and try to do something else because creditors don’t care if you’re furloughed or not,’ Smith said. ‘They just want to get paid and with a family of six, you have to do what you have to.’”

WSJ: TSA Staffing Shortages Spread Amid Government Shutdown
 
The partial government shutdown rippled through the U.S. transportation system Monday as staffing issues closed a security checkpoint at Houston’s largest airport and the world’s biggest hub in Atlanta suffered unusually long lines.”

“Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport said it didn’t have enough TSA staff to work all checkpoints and said its Terminal B screening point would remain closed Monday after shutting down Sunday. Meanwhile Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic, reported delays of more than an hour at checkpoints early Monday, though by mid-morning most had been reduced to normal levels.”

The developments raise concerns that travelers will begin to feel the impact of the government shutdown more acutely as it stretches on.”

CBS News: Number of TSA workers calling off work spikes as shutdown drags on
“After missing paychecks due to the partial government shutdown Friday, the number of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers not showing up for work has grown, forcing some passengers to wait in long lines as airports make do with slimmer security staffs. The federal agency has begun to deploy reserve officers to make up for the staffing challenges, but a source familiar with the situation told CBS News the issue could ‘begin to compound’ and lead to more reductions of services in the coming days.”

“‘It's profoundly unfair and almost disrespectful to put us in the middle of this debate over border security when we have absolutely nothing to do with it,’ TSA officer Mike Gayzagian told CBS News after TSA employees missed their first paycheck Friday.”

CNBC: Houston, Miami airports close some security checkpoints after TSA officers call out sick in government shutdown
“Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport said it shut down one of its security checkpoints on Sunday because of staffing shortfalls in the partial government shutdown, airport staff told travelers.”

“The TSA workers are among the some 420,000 federal employees deemed essential who are working without pay. Amid the shutdown, which began on Dec. 22 and is now the longest ever, TSA officers missed their first paycheck on Friday.”

“The shifts show how the impact from the shutdown, the result of an impasse between President Donald Trump and lawmakers over funding for a barrier along the southern U.S. border, are impacting aviation. The shutdown has stalled the required federal approvals for new jets and routes, as well as certifications for new mechanics and other industry employees.”
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