The government shutdown impacts security at US airports

Some TSA workers are not showing up to work, mostly for financial reasons, as the shutdown reaches day 30.
2:29 | 01/21/19

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We move to the government shutdown. The TSA saying so many workers are calling out because of financial issues. The agency says they're in uncharted territory. And the Democrats already saying no deal to president trump's latest offer. Lana Zak is at Reagan national airport. Reporter: Tonight, the TSA telling ABC news the agency is in uncharted territory as the number of callouts increases because of the government shutdown. Now in day 30. Police trying to avoid scenes like this repeating itself. It's demoralizing. You go to work, and you expect pay for hard work. And you wake up and your bank account is empty. Reporter: On Saturday, 8% of all TSA employees did not show up for work. Mostly for financial reasons. Hitting hardest, many of the nation's largest airports like New York City's JFK and Chicago's o'hare. How long could I go without a paycheck? I'm in no-man's land. Reporter: The hardship faced by TSA agents, an echo of 800,000 federal workers around the country. Furloughed or working without pay. President trump issuing what he calls a reasonable compromise to end the shutdown, extending dreamer protections for three years. But Nancy Pelosi calling it a nonstarter. And while the fight stretches on, the TSA vowing they will not compromise security standards. We can't expect TSA's folks to be indentured servants. They've shown tremendous resilience. But this can't continue. At a certain time, I expect to see the sickouts increase and that will be a shutdown of the U.S. Airline system. Lana, the TSA say even more lanes could be closed in some of the nation's biggest airports? Reporter: It's a real concern, Tom. Already, the TSA has had to close down checkpoints in Baltimore, Miami, and Houston airports. And they warn us, if the shutdown continues until February 1st, it could have a compounding effect as workers face the reality of rent, mortgage payments, and other bills. Lana, thank you.

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