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Some TSA workers calling in sick as shutdown continues

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jan 04, 2019
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FILE: Travelers pick up their bags after checked out at a security checkpoints area at Midway International Airport, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014., in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CNN WIRE – It appears some federal workers have found a way around working without pay, as hundreds of TSA workers called out this week at four major airports. That’s according to two senior agency officials and three TSA union officials.

Call-outs have increased by 200 to 300 percent at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and North Carolina airports report a 10 percent increase. As many as 170 TSA employees have taken a sick day every day this week at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

One union official says the absences could have an affect on air travel security.

TSA officials issued a statement Friday acknowledging the increase in call-outs, but say the impact is minimal and security will not be compromised.

TSA workers are required to work without pay through the partial government shutdown.