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Massport monitors TSA staffing at Logan during government shutdown

Massport monitors TSA staffing at Logan during government shutdown

The Department of Homeland Security press secretary said this is all a bunch of bologna.

However, "Wait times may be affected depending on the number of call outs", Bilello said.

The number of TSA workers calling in sick is two to three times the routine number at Dallas-Ft.

An average of 25 TSA employees call in sick per shift at DFW.

Morning-shift officers at the airport are being forced to work extra hours to cover the gaps, he told CNN.

TSA employees are among thousands of essential government workers required to remain on the job without pay during the partial shutdown, which began December 22.

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Similarly, call-outs increased by 200-300% at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Hydrick Thomas, president of the national TSA employee union, told CNN that up to 170 TSA employees at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport have called out each day this week. "They're not saying, 'We're going to shut things down.' They are the lowest-paid employees in the federal government, and they don't have the money to get to work". And as workers call out to take care of children or find other sources of employment, remaining airport officials will have to make some serious decisions: long lines and wait times, or less security? The official said some union members can not pay for child care, while others are taking temporary jobs to earn the cash needed to pay bills. Trump says he won't budge without the $5.6 billion he's asked for, some of which would go toward a border wall.

Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham airports in North Carolina had a 10 percent increase in absences according to union president Mac Johnson, and numbers across the country were predicted to get worse when employees notice the difference on payday.

They say TSA employees who are now working will eventually be paid once the shutdown is over.

"TSA is grateful to the agents who show up to work, remain focused on the mission and respectful to the traveling public as they continue the important work necessary to secure the nation's transportation systems", he said.

Those officials say the potential options airports may use include fewer random pat down security checks on passengers, or giving passengers who have not been vetted for the PreCheck program an expedited screening. Yesterday, TSA screened over 2.2 million passengers, ' the statement continued. The AFGE's president told the network that "This will definitely affect the flying public who we [are] sworn to protect".