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Hundreds of TSA Workers Not Getting Paid During Shutdown Reportedly Calling Out Sick

As the government shutdown continues with no clear end in sight, a new report reveals how it is currently impacting the TSA.

CNN reports that “hundreds” of TSA officers at four major airports have been calling out sick this week:

Two of the sources, who are federal officials, described the sick outs as protests of the paycheck delay. One called it the “blue flu,” a reference to the blue shirts worn by transportation security officers who screen passengers and baggage at airport security checkpoints.

A union official, however, said that while some employees are upset about the pay, officers have said they are calling in sick for more practical reasons. Single parents can no longer afford child care or they are finding cash-paying jobs outside of government work to pay their rent and other bills, for example.

Call outs have reportedly increased at Dallas-Fort Worth International by between 200-300 percent.

And, of course, if this lasts it raises the issue of how the TSA is going to handle all of this in the interim, with one option being––according to CNN’s report––”fewer random pat down security checks on passengers, or giving passengers who have not been vetted for the PreCheck program an expedited screening.”

Earlier today, President Donald Trump claimed that many federal workers concerned about pay agree that his fight for border security and a wall is far more important.

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