AFGE says employees shouldn't have to worry about payment and the public shouldn't have to be concerned about safe airports, border security, stable housing or government assistance. For example, Alaska Airlines has warned that without FAA officials to sign off, the new Paine Field Airport near Seattle may not be able to open as promised on February 11.
US airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay have been warning that security and safety could be compromised if the government shutdown continues, but the Trump administration said on Wednesday that staffing is adequate and travelers have not faced unusual delays.
"I get nervous on flights and having them there really makes there makes me feel more comfortable", said Kyle Gorman. Their work is not getting done, he said. However, the controller staffing was already at a 30-year low and support workers have been furloughed, putting more pressure on those who remain on the job and threatening to cause flight delays, she said. And it's also just a good policy to be calm, polite, and courteous to airport workers who are helping you, especially knowing that they're doing it without pay.
The lawsuit filed by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association union charges that Trump, the Federal Aviation Administration and other US officials are violating workers' constitutional rights by "depriving them of their hard-earned compensation without the requisite due process".
Airport screeners start around $24,000 and most earn between $26,000 and $35,000 a year, according to TSA.
A similar suit was filed on behalf of federal workers at the departments of Justice, Agriculture and Homeland Security.
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She barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a social media campaign that drew global attention to her case. Thailand's chief of immigration police, Surachate Hakparn, has said his country will not deport her to possible death.
About 3,300 aviation safety inspectors under the FAA are not working - since 2013, they have not been considered essential employees who must stay on the job during government shutdowns.
TSA said that on Tuesday it screened 1.73 million passengers and 99.9 percent of passengers waited less than 30 minutes.
Some speaking out are TSA Agents working at Metro Airport where this round table was held.
The Miami airport, which has intensified the debate over TSA with its concourse closure, is not yet considering privatizing its passenger-screening operation, a spokesman said.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport organized a resource fair to bring together credit unions, utility representatives and nonprofit organizations to help federal employees access short term loans and assistance programs, said spokesman Perry Cooper.
The rally was one of several across the country Thursday as the shutdown reached a critical stage in which hundreds of thousands of government workers will miss their first paycheck.