Airport Authority Offers Federal Workers Free Lunches During Government Shutdown

Airport Authority Offers Federal Workers Free Lunches During Government Shutdown

Airport Authority Offers Federal Workers Free Lunches During Government Shutdown

But union officials said some Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers, who carry out airport security screening, had already quit because of the shutdown and others were considering quitting.

Miami International Airport is providing the most visible evidence yet that the shutdown is at least making air travel less convenient. "We are, though, very much monitoring checkpoints, and we're in close contact with the federal authorities and the airlines", said Cynthia Vega, a spokeswoman for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

"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.

"Stop holding us hostage, put us back to work, or get the hell out of the way", Texas AFL-CIO president Rick Levy said in front of the Environmental Protection Agency's regional headquarters. After 1 p.m., however, passengers will be unable to access any part of the terminal beyond the security checkpoint, including gates, restaurants, and shops.

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TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said the organisation was hiring officers and working on contingency plans in case the shutdown lasted beyond today, when officers would miss their first pay cheques since the shutdown began on Dec 22. Because of lags in pay cycles, TSA workers are set to miss their first paycheck on Friday.

"There has been no degradation in security effectiveness, and average wait times are well within TSA standards", he said.

Shuker said he's not confident the crisis will end soon, and blamed President Trump for failing to make "rational decisions" in his negotiations with congressional Democrats over a border wall.

TSA said that on Tuesday it screened 1.73 million passengers and 99.9 percent of passengers waited less than 30 minutes.

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"Flights that were previously scheduled to depart from Concourse G this Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be relocated either to Concourse F or Concourse H", airport spokesman Greg Chin told AFP. Chin said G was chosen because it's the slowest concourse at MIA.

But local officials at the county-owned airport and federal managers are bracing for more workforce disruptions if the shutdown continues. "But airport workers and travelers are concerned that conditions will worsen if the impasse continues, throwing travel into turmoil", the report said.

United is the largest airline using G, which is also home to Aruba Airlines, Bahamasair, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country.

"TSA staffing shortages brought on by this shutdown are likely to further increase checkpoint wait times and may even lead to the complete closure of some checkpoints", the group said.

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