Government shutdown means no payday for TSA employees in Onslow County

12 January, 2019, 18:04 | Author: Eric Barnett
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Miami International spokesman Greg Chin said the airport has had TSA workers call in sick at twice the usual rate, and TSA managers were unsure whether they would have enough staff to operate the airport's 11 checkpoints during normal operating hours.

United is the largest airline using G, which is also home to Aruba Airlines, Bahamasair, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country. But once the security checkpoint closes, outbound passengers will have no access to the gates and the restaurants and shops that depend on departing flights for business will shut down, too, Chin said.

"Our inspectors are the oversight, they are the regulatory side of the house for the FAA", said Mike Perrone, president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union.

But Chin said the airport has been monitoring security checkpoints and they have not seen abnormal delays.

He felt bad for passengers flying this weekend who could be inconvenienced when the terminal closes.

"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.

"It sucks because if I had a flight arranged for that's gonna really impact my travel plans", said the 35-year-old who was vacationing in Florida with his wife and son.

The Transportation Security Administration reported standard wait times at MIA Friday morning as the weekend rush began, statistics that were mirrored in modest lines throughout the day in the terminals. He said only 12 planes usually fly out of G after 1 p.m., meaning the disruption only affects about 3 percent of the roughly 450 departing flights MIA sees on a typical day.

There are more than two dozen TSA employees at the Ellis Airport in Onslow County, and while they're all still at work, the airport director said they could begin to experience more effects if the shutdown does not end soon.

"We're very concerned that the current situation with government employees going without pay is unsustainable in the long term", Bidwell said.

Union officials say officers can't afford to work unpaid.

More than 51,000 TSA employees have been on the job without pay since December 22 and missed their first paycheck on Friday. "It is only reasonable to expect officer call outs and resignations to increase the longer the shutdown lasts, since no employee can be expected to work indefinitely without pay".

The shutdown will have dragged on for 24 days when lawmakers return to work Monday - smashing the 21 days set during the Clinton administration in 1995-96.



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