Airport screener absences triple as shutdown continues


National News

January 22, 2019 - 10:29 AM

WASHINGTON —The number of U.S. airport screeners who took unscheduled absences rose to 10 percent on Sunday, more than triple that of a year ago as the stalemate over the government shutdown continued over a holiday weekend, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The number of unscheduled TSA absences hit the highest level seen so far, the TSA said in a statement Monday as the shutdown entered its 31st day. A year ago the absence rate was 3.1 percent.

“Many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work due to financial limitations,” according to the statement.

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