US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

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11 de enero de 2019, 17:13Washington, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) The National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (Natca) sued the USA administration today because its members work without receiving a salary during the partial closure of the United States government.

The air traffic controllers are also organising a leafleting effort appealing directly to passengers at airports across the country, including in Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, as well as at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, a union official said.

Those deemed non-essential have been placed on unpaid leave, while others have been forced to continue working without pay.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, a labor union, says missed paychecks will devastate plaintiffs in the suit, including a single mother who cares for ailing relatives and fears she can not afford to travel to a funeral for her grandmother, who died Tuesday.

"This morning, TSA experienced a national rate of 5.6 percent unscheduled absences compared to a 3.3 percent rate one year ago, Saturday, January 13, 2018".

Screeners represent just 6 percent of government workers who didn't get paychecks Friday because of the shutdown.

Hoss says his wife is also a tower controller and they are anxious about paying their bills. "We thank TSA officers for their resilience and diligence, and we thank industry and the public for their continued acts of kindness and support".

The agency has very few tools to deal with a severe shortage.

With no end for the partial government shutdown in sight, Lexington TSA workers are wondering when they'll see their next paycheck.

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Starting Saturday, flights scheduled to fly from Terminals G after 1 p.m. through the same time on Sunday and Monday, will be relocated to Terminals F or H. The change is a "precautionary measure and to better utilize the decreased staffing", Chin said.

"At our airport, we're not seeing at this point operational impacts like they are at other airports", said spokeswoman Janet Scherberger. First, the NATCA claims the government is failing to pay its 10,000-plus member workers exempted from furlough at least minimum wage. Its closure means restaurants and shops that depend on departing flights also will close. There is no indication that is happening yet. He said the timing is right for him to try to join TSA, regardless of the shutdown and the prospect of possible missed paychecks. "They're erring on the side of caution". Their work is not getting done, he said.

TSA routinely opens and closes screening lanes as volume at airports rises and falls, Bilello said. Now, some are quitting altogether, their union says. "Aviation is not being overseen". The shutdown is hurting her ability to keep up with those responsibilities, the suit said. After several news outlets published stories featuring long lines at airport security, the Department of Homeland Security pushed back, calling the reporting "fake news".

"As the lines slow down and the crowds grow larger, it puts more and more passengers at risk from an attack", Price said.

In South Florida, however, officials said there has been an increase in the number of sick calls.

"Security standards have NOT and will NOT be compromised", tweeted TSA spokesman Michael Bilello.

In Atlanta, numerous TSA agents that serve the nation's busiest airport are feeling the pinch. More TSA tips are available at https://www.tsa.gov/travel.

The security screeners and controllers are among workers declared essential to security and safety and have been ordered to work without pay.

Of those thousands of employees, a small fraction of them work at the only commercial airport in Onslow County.

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