TSA Callouts Increasing as Government Shutdown Rolls On

by Daniel McCarthy
TSA Callouts Increasing as Government Shutdown Rolls On

Photo: Shutterstock


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) experienced a 10 percent callout on Sunday, more than triple the 3.1 percent rate it had the same day one year ago, as officers struggle with missed paychecks because of the ongoing partial government shutdown.

According to the TSA, "Many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work due to financial limitations” as the shutdown hits its fifth week.

To deal with the callouts, the TSA is continuing to consolidate its manpower at screening lanes across the county by shutting down some checkpoints that are understaffed. On Sunday, the TSA closed Checkpoint A at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after doing the same at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last week.

Though wait times are longer than normal, the TSA said in a statement, most passengers across the country still saw waits in the normal range of 30 minutes for regular lanes and 10 minutes for Precheck lanes.

The TSA is recommending all passengers headed to the airport arrive early and check with their airport and airline before arrival. It is also updating the situation each morning on its social media pages.

“Every day, TSA officers continue to demonstrate great resilience and dedication as they report for duty, ensuring travelers get to their destinations safely. Public support from passengers, industry groups, and community organizations underscores the importance of TSA’s work in securing aviation,” the TSA wrote in a statement.

  0
  0
Tip of the Day

As travel advisors, we have to be curious. Curiosity leads to impactful connections that pave our road to success. - Jenn Lee, VP of Sales and Marketing, Travel Planners International

Daily Top List

Top Tips for Your Blog

1. focus on the big picture and long-term ROI.

2. Be consistent with your posts.

3. Get your team or ICs involved.

Source: TMR

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Accredited Space Agent Discusses Selling Travel That’s Truly Out-Of-This-World
Accredited Space Agent Discusses Selling Travel That’s Truly Out-Of-This-World

Jay Johnson, president of Coastline Travel Advisors, shares his experience as one of the only certified agents permitted to sell commercial space travel.

Dominican Republic Announces New Safety Measures
Dominican Republic Announces New Safety Measures

In the wake of unrelenting media attention about American tourist deaths and illnesses, the country is taking steps to strengthen travelers' confidence.

How Facial Recognition Technology is Being Used at Airports
How Facial Recognition Technology is Being Used at Airports

The increased use of facial recognition technology at airports is raising serious concerns about privacy and security for the traveling public.

Charleston Remains at Top of Travel + Leisure’s Best U.S. Destinations
Charleston Remains at Top of Travel + Leisure’s Best U.S. Destinations

A perennial favorite, this American city is full of history, tourist attractions, natural beauty, and authentic southern cuisine. 

Worker Strikes Threaten to Shut Down Summer Travel from London Heathrow Airport
Worker Strikes Threaten to Shut Down Summer Travel from London Heathrow Airport

More than 4,000 airport employees plan to stage a strike in the coming weeks, which could bring London Heathrow to a standstill.

Yucatan Magic, If You Know Where to Find It
Yucatan Magic, If You Know Where to Find It

Find out how the Yucatan offers up the perfect blend of discovery, history, culture, gastronomy, and nature — and why it's on this traveler’s ‘must re-visit' list.

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards & Outlooks