Transcript for Government shutdown affects air travel
German shutdowns impacting 800000 federal employees including those with the TSA. Joining us now the Washington bureau David Curley with more about the impact bishop Dunne is having on those who work the TSA David. Morning violent still a lot of TSA agents are calling out sick it's about a percent percent and a half more. There what it was last year so laster three and a half percent might call out sick on a day and today it's about 5% it's been that way for the past couple of days. This day compared to the days a year ago the real concern for security experts. Is if these TSA agents don't get paid tomorrow that's the end of the pay period. And they will miss their first checked these are not highly paid government workers and there is it fear that if they are paid. Many of them may quit and go find another job men and you know full employment economy that's quite possible that they could find another job. That of course means a shortage of officers at the security checkpoints. That will mean lines because they will not lower security protocols to get people to any quickly. Quicker so we will see lines there that this actually could be the major impact I think in the country that Americans will see and touch and feel. If this shutdown does continue through the weekend and into next week and even. Possibly farther Byron. And in the short term or their particular airports where you would see the impact now of of those workers calling in sick. It was interesting is that the larger airports of course have. Bigger staffs and their very busy and they could have some impact but. One of the former TSA administrators told me think about a smaller airport and if they have a couple more people call out. You might people who staff that checkpoint. Like you would want to if you're the security director for that airport so. Right now smaller airports are kind of a concern. End the union which represents. Several of the TSO officers not all of them are in the big cities in the New York area elsewhere and there could be some impacts that there really isn't clear at this point where that these call out sick calling in sick. Is a political statement or whether some of the officers are just going to look for jobs are there actually set.
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