Its not business as usual at the nations airports. Including Sacramento International. Some 51,000 TSA officers, along with air traffic controllers, are among 420,000 federal workers required to work through the shutdown, but without pay.
The Transportation Security Administration plans to begin closing a handful of security checkpoints at airports around the U.S. the weekend in response to staff shortages as effects of the three week partial federal government shutdown begin to expand.
This morning, TSA experienced a national rate of 5.6 percent unscheduled absences compared to a 3.3 percent rate one year ago. Most importantly security standard remained uncompromised at our nation’s airports, Michael Bilello, a TSA spokesman, tweeted on Saturday Morning.
It is likely the unscheduled absences will increase as the shutdown continues.
Arrive Earlier than normal
If you normally use TSA precheck, do not expect them to be open As these are the first casualties of the government shutdown.
If your traveling to a large metro area with three or more airports. You waiting time may be less at a smaller airports.
Chicago’s midway, may be a better choice than O’hare. Oakland or San Jose may be a better choice than San Francisco International. Burbank, Long Beach, and Orange Country may be a better choice than LAX.
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