"In response, DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton tweeted that their reporting is "#FakeNews", saying, "Security operations at airports have not been impacted by a non-existent sick out. 'Overall, 99.8 percent waited less than 30 minutes'. The lack of workers led to officers from earlier shifts having to cover the evenings.
A union official, however, said that while some employees are upset about the pay, officers have said they are calling in sick for more practical reasons.
Hundreds of TSA officers have called in sick from work this week from at least four major airports.
The federal agency tasked with guaranteeing US airport security is acknowledging an increase in the number of its employees calling off work during the partial government shutdown.
So far, he said, his colleagues are only calling out sick "here and there". For instance, the TSA recommends travelers take items out of their pockets and put them in a carry-on bag before they go through security in order to speed things along and make sure nothing gets left behind.
Callouts have also increased 200-300 per cent at Dallas-Fort Worth, and are 10% higher at North Carolina's Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte airports, CNN reports.
"CNN has the cell numbers of multiple @TSA public affairs professionals, but rather than validate statistics, they grossly misrepresented them".
People in Detroit can't seem to find the logic in working without pay.
Trump planned to meet with congressional leaders at 11 a.m. Saturday for more negotiations. That means leaving plenty of time to get to the airport, check in, make it through security and get to your gate. "Security effectiveness will not be compromised". "TSA is grateful to the agents who show up to work, remain focused on the mission and respectful to the traveling public as they continue the important work necessary to secure the nation's transportation systems".
"Wait times may be affected depending on the number of call outs". Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said the president told them Friday he's prepared for the shutdown to last months or years. Democrats, empowered by a decisive victory in last year's midterm elections, have dismissed Trump's demands.
And that will happen if the shutdown continues, a union official from Dallas-Fortworth International Airport told CNN. Yesterday, TSA screened over 2.2 million passengers, ' the statement continued. "If you're not seeing long wait times at airports, there's something on the security side they're not doing".