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Shutdown isn't affecting Orlando International Airport operations, officials say

14 January 2019

Two federal officials who spoke with CNN on Friday said officers were calling out sick in protest of the expectation that they work without paychecks until the Trump administration and Congress make a deal to end the shutdown.

Frustration took shape during a demonstration Thursday where some TSA employees voiced their concerns by rallying outside the airport's busy domestic terminal.

Concourse G is scheduled to shut down after 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Lawyers for employees at the Transportation, Agriculture and Justice departments filed an amended complaint in another suit Friday that provides names and addresses for four plaintiffs, after a judge said they couldn't remain anonymous.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport organized an event with credit unions, utilities and nonprofit organizations that can help federal employees obtain short-term loans and assistance, said spokesman Perry Cooper.

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Reports that "sick" USA border employees have affected security were dismissed by the Transportation Security Administration, which released a statement last weekend saying that while sick calls had increased over the holidays, security effectiveness has not been compromised and screening waiting times were "well within TSA standards".

That jump is probably related to a national trend of TSA employees calling in sick to protest having to work without pay during the shutdown.

Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 9 million passengers annually on 17 carriers.

For quick and easy parking, valet parking is available at the Dolphin Garage on the departure level outside of North Terminal D or the Flamingo Garage on the departure level outside of South Terminal J. Valet parking allows customers to drop off their vehicle with a parking attendant and walk directly to MIA's check-in area.

TSA said on Friday it had an unscheduled absence rate of 5.1 per cent on Thursday compared to a 3.3 per cent rate a year ago. About 95 per cent waited less than 15 minutes, according to the data.

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"We are humbled by the acts of kindness and support from industry and the public, who clearly recognize and admire our officers' efforts", Bilello tweeted.

Security lines at Logan Airport aren't being impacted by the shutdown and passengers seem to be sympathetic to those still working with a smile.

"The moment they stop coming to work, we can't process passengers through here", said State Senator Tim Larson, the executive director of Tweed New Haven Airport Authority. "But we're very concerned that the situation of government workers working without pay is unsustainable". "But I can't predict what would happen to the system if we had to go on for months or years", said Rob Hoss, a Tower Controller at Tampa International airport. The food pantry, she said, would help keep people motivated to show up. "If there's a shortage, the airport may have airline workers step in for non-technical positions like reviewing boarding passes before the checkpoints".

Workers had not gotten paid for that day originally because the shutdown had already begun.

Keys is part of the almost 1,200 TSA workers at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport who are considered essential employees.

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Friday was the first time since the partial shutdown began December 22 that a payday arrived with affected workers receiving no compensation.

Shutdown isn't affecting Orlando International Airport operations, officials say