Absences among U.S. airport screeners jump as shutdown drags on

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Absences among U.S. airport screeners jump as shutdown drags on

Absences among U.S. airport screeners jump as shutdown drags on

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FILE PHOTO: An worker with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) tests the paperwork of a traveler at Reagan National Airport in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Unscheduled absences among federal airport safety screeners jumped on Sunday as a partial govt shutdown that has frozen pay tests moved into its 23rd day.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the company chargeable for airport safety screening, stated unscheduled absences among its workers rose to 7.7 p.c from five.6 p.c on Saturday. The charge is greater than double the three.2 p.c charge skilled a yr in the past.

The TSA stated in a commentary on Sunday that safety had no longer been compromised at U.S. airports.

The screeners are among the lowest-paid federal workers. While they’re going to be paid as soon as the shutdown ends, many say they’re going to fight to pay expenses within the interim. [nL1N1ZB0Z2]

Miami International Airport stated it deliberate to reopen Concourse G on Monday. The concourse used to be closed for a part of the weekend as a result of no longer sufficient TSA employees have been provide to workforce the protection checkpoint.

Reporting via David Shephardson; Writing via Tim Ahmann; Editing via Lisa Shumaker

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