Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Finance | By Jaime Brady

USA government shutdown causes travel delays for Canadians

USA government shutdown causes travel delays for Canadians

"Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown".

The Airport Authority has joined with Bruegger's Bagels to provide bagged lunches that include a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink on all shifts for workers including TSA agents and FAA air traffic controllers who are essential to airport safety and security and to keeping operations running smoothly 24/7 at Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County Airport (AGC) in West Mifflin.

An XNA official told 5NEWS that wait times for passengers and the work ethic of staff members not now being paid hasn't significantly changed so far.

But Chin said that if the shutdown continues and additional screeners don't show up for work, the airport could be forced to close a security checkpoint at terminals that have multiple entry points, such as Concourse J or Concourse D.

TSA said on Friday it had an unscheduled absence rate of 5.1 percent Thursday compared to a 3.3 percent rate a year ago.

"It sucks because if I had a flight arranged for that time.it's gonna really impact my travel plans", said the 35-year-old who was vacationing in Florida with his wife and son.

The Transportation Security Administration is offering a bit of compensation for its agents working without pay as the longest government shutdown in American history drag on. About half are required to come to work regardless, including TSA employees.

About 10,000 air traffic controllers under the Federal Aviation Administration continue to work without pay.

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Boettcher said it's important for travelers to keep in mind to arrive early for flights, especially at larger airports.

It's making even the most loyal employees, like him, lose faith.

On Friday, their union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington and asked for an order that its members get paid. Its closure means restaurants and shops that depend on departing flights also will close. He declined to say how many inspectors are working, but union officials believe it's about 100.

"Security effectiveness will not be compromised and performance standards will not change". "I think we all can agree that this is an issue that needs to be fixed quickly".

In 2016 — when TSA was understaffed at many airports, creating lines long enough to make many travelers miss their flights — other airports explored hiring contractors.

Some airports are trying to help the unpaid federal employees.

People who fly out of Chattanooga's Airport know getting through security is typically a breeze.

Other airports across the country have not received the same feedback following the shutdown.

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