Jan 21, 2019

TSA airport screener absences hit 10%

TSA officer checking boarding passes

The government shutdown reaches day 30. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Transportation Security Administration said 10% of airport screeners missed work this holiday weekend, up from 3.1% at this time a year ago, the AP reports.

Why it matters: It's a sign of the financial hardship TSA workers are feeling as the government shutdown hits day 30. Longer lines at certain airports are the result, and extra screeners have been dispatched to airports in Atlanta, Miami, and Newark. Baltimore/Washington International Airport closed one of its security checkpoints on Sunday, but TSA told AP it was open again on Monday.

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