Some 170 TSA officers call patients daily at JFK Airport instead of working without pay during work hours. partial judgment of the Government, raising serious security concerns.
Mass departures among baggage and passenger screening agents affect at least three other major airports, CNN reported, citing senior agency officials and journalists honored by the Transportation Security Administration.
"It's afraid of not getting paid," a TSF officer at JFK said Friday night. "People are frustrated."
Until now, he said, his colleagues call only patients "here and there".
But he added, worryingly, "Wait until this weekend."
Two TSA sources told CNN that the disability benefits were a protest against the non-payment of his salary at the beginning of the third week of closure, one of them being 39, calling the "blue flu", referring to uniforms worn by screening officers.
But union officials insisted that many of those who called for patients only took relief jobs to pay their bills. others can no longer afford child care and are forced to stay home with their children.
Whatever the reason, diseases will make the flight more dangerous.
"This will definitely affect the flying public who are [are] sworn to protect, "said CNN Hydrick Thomas, president of the TSA's national employee union.
Thomas's union represents some 55,000 TSA employees who control approximately 800 million travelers a year. he is based at JFK.
Morning workers at the airport are forced to work overtime to cover the holes, he told CNN.
The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport usually has only 25 to 30 TSA employees called sick each day; These calls have increased by 200 to 300 percent, a local TSA official told CNN.
In North Carolina, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham airports record a 10% increase in the number of calls, union president Mac Johnson said in the news network.
"Performance standards will not change," newspaper spokesman Michael Bilello said on Friday night, stressing that the "calls" were much smaller than those announced and that they were not producing. only a "minimal impact".
"To date, waiting times for filtering remain largely in line with TSA standards," he added.
But calls should only increase as the closure lasts a long time, which will force the agency to bridge the gap through long queues or less filtering.
Experts may even be forced to loosen standards for checked baggage, experts told CNN.