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On the last day of public shutdown, TSA waives more than double last year's rate



In the midst of a state stop and large winter storms that hit large slices in the United States, the number of TSA officers who did not come to work on Sunday more than doubled compared to that number a year ago.

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On Sunday, TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said 7.7 percent of agency staff had an unscheduled absence today, compared to 5.6 percent on Saturday and 3.2 percent a year ago.

A deadlock between President Donald Trump and Congress Democrats on funding Trump's campaign promise of a wall along the US-Mexico border has created the longest federal government termination in history and forced over 800,000 government members to go without pay slips.

  PHOTO: TSA employee Marae Persson (L) holds a sign protesting for the government interruption by James V. Hansen Federal Building, January 10, 2019 in Ogden, Utah. Natalie Behring / Getty Images
TSA employee Marae Persson (L) holds a sign protesting for the government interruption by James V. Hansen Federal Building, January 10, 2019 in Ogden, Utah.

According to Bilello, 99.9 percent of air passengers across the US waited less than 30 minutes at their checkpoints.

Sunday official latency data was not immediately available.

More than 51,000 flight safety screeners are required to work through the government interruption – even though the agency's inability to give them their fixed salary – until it secures Congress funding from Washington legislators.

In addition to missing a regular payment day, thousands of TSA employees employ winter weather ranging from the Midwest to the East Coast.

  PHOTO: President Donald Trump hosts a Round Table on Border Security and Safe Communities with state, local and community leaders in the White House Cabinet on January 11, 2019. Alex Wong / Getty Images
President Donald Trump hosts a Round Table on Border Security and Safe Communities with state, local and community leaders in the White House Cabinet on January 11, 2019. Parts of Missouri, Iowa and Illinois received more than one foot of snow per day. Sunday morning. With at least 10 inches of snow in St. Louis so far this is the biggest snowstorm the city has seen for 5 years.

Five inches of snow in New Jersey and ice covered roads as far south as North Carolina made for dangerous driving conditions in other parts of the country.

In an apparent effort to increase the spirit of those responsible for keeping the country's airports secure, TSA administrator David Pekoske announced on Friday that his uniformed screening officers would soon receive a $ 500 one-time bonus in recognition of their hard work during Another busy holiday travel season, maintaining the highest safety standards for an exceptional period.

This extraordinary period has seen an increasing number of airport screeners leaving work, even before the government's interruption exposed pay slips for the first time on Friday, sparking fear of long lines and lack of staff as decommissioning continues.

  PHOTO: Transport Security Administration (TSA) Officers help travelers with luggage through a security screening area during a partial federal government interruption, December 31, 2018, at SeaTac, Wash. Elaine Thompson / AP
Transport Security Administration (TSA) Officers help travelers with luggage through a security screening area during a partial federal government interruption, December 31, 2018, at SeaTac, Wash.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is currently investigating the Trump administration on behalf of the thousands of controllers who have not been paid during the record break.

The package filed in the Washington, DC federal government claims that the administration has violated the fifth amendment by depriving employees of fair treatment and violating fair labor regulations by paying not least minimum wages to controllers and others required to work during the government interruption. The suit also claims that the FAA did not immediately pay overtime to union members, an oversight that the association said is also contrary to the rules.

Although the interruption draws on, maintenance, inspection, training and modernization are also delayed.

"As we do the daily tasks, there are many things falling through the cracks," said Portland International Airport tower controller Richard Kennington to ABC News. "There are many creeping things that the flying public cannot see that do not happen."


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