US airports seeing rise in security screeners calling off work

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'Blue Flu': Hundreds Of Unpaid TSA Officials Call Out Sick At Major Airports

Their claim service hadn't been affected contrasted the idea put forward by employee union officials who were quoted by the New York Times as saying more than 150 people had called in to say they would be absent from work on Friday at New York's John F Kennedy Airport alone.

Transportation Safety Administration officials said Friday they were monitoring reports that the nation's airports were experiencing an increase in "sick outs" as the partial federal government shutdown entered its third week.

Passengers seemed to be feeling the effects on Sunday, as airport employees who showed up tried to manage the endless lines. He said recent shutdowns have been "of a duration that it doesn't result in a delay in pay".

"I've worked for Secretary Nielsen for a little over a year now and in my view, she's been an outstanding secretary of homeland security", said Pekoske, according to the Washington Examiner.

It was impossible to determine the exact impact the shutdown had on Sunday's delays. Government contractors and their employees, including those providing custodial and maintenance services often at quite low wages, typically lose out entirely on fees and pay.

Their next paycheck is scheduled for January 11.

TSA employees at airport checkpoints are the ones who work despite not knowing when their next paycheck will come.

Additionally, TSA reported that so far screening wait times continue to be "well within" their standards.

Jonathan Dean at BWI said there has been no increase in waiting times at TSA checkpoints.

Michael Bilello, the agency's assistant administrator for strategic communications and public affairs, said staffing levels at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport were slightly down. The normal call-in rate is 3.5 percent, and yesterday it increased to 5.5 percent, according to TSA.

When asked by ABC News what the slight increase can be attributed to, he said it "could be anything". "But, you know, there probably are some folks in there that perhaps are not coming in because they're frustrated or because they're looking for other jobs". About 800,000 workers now receive no pay, and roughly 420,000 are required to report for work without pay with the same repercussions for absenteeism as if they were being paid.

"That's the reality of it", he continued. Security operations at airports have not been impacted by a non-existent sick out. 'Overall, 99.8 percent waited less than 30 minutes'.

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

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