Standing in the security line at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona, passengers likely haven’t felt the impact of the partial shutdown of the federal government.
Employees of the Transportation Security Administration are working without pay, but wait times have consistently been 5-10 minutes at most checkpoints. Passengers move through as normal. Agents say some people stop to thank them for showing up for work.
Like TSA officers elsewhere in the country, these officers missed their first paycheck on Jan. 11. They haven’t officially earned pay since Dec. 22.
Airports in Atlanta and Miami have been hard hit by employees calling out from work at almost double the normal rate, but Sky Harbor’s absentee rate has remained unchanged. Employees still get up, sometimes as early as 1:30 in the morning, and drive to Sky Harbor to report for their shifts.
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