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TSA asks employees to move to airports suffering from mass callouts

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) worker screens passengers and airport employees at O'Hare International Airport  in Chicago, Illinois.
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) worker screens passengers and airport employees at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A TSA executive sent out an internal email Monday asking for 250 employees in more than 10 states to move to airports that are struggling with staff callouts as a result of the 32-day government shutdown, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The plea comes after reports that 10% of airport screeners missed work this past holiday weekend — up from 3.1% the same time last year — as they prepare to lose out on a second straight paycheck. "Many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work due to financial limitations," TSA said in a statement Tuesday.

Go deeper: All the ways Americans are feeling the effects of the shutdown