WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called in sick from work this week from at least four major airports, according to two senior agency officials and three TSA employee union officials.
The shutdown entered its second week with no clear end to the political stalemate in sight.
“This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect,” Hydrick Thomas, president of the national TSA employee union, told CNN.
Sick calls have increased by 200 percent to 300 percent at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where typically 25 to 30 TSA employees call out from an average shift according to a local TSA official familiar with the situation.
Union officials stress that the absences are not part of an organized action, but believe the number of people calling out will likely increase.