Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers, who are required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called out from work this week from at least four major airports, according to two senior agency officials and three TSA employee union officials.
TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said the agency is “closely monitoring the situation” and that “screening wait times remain well within TSA standards,” although that could change if the number of call-outs increases.
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“Callouts began over the Holiday period and have increased, but are causing minimal impact given there are 51,739 employees supporting the screening process,” Bilello told CNN in a statement, adding that TSA had screened 2.2 million passengers Thursday and 99.8% waited less than 30 minutes. “Security effectiveness will not be compromised and performance standards will not change.”