On Friday over 800,000 federal workers experienced their first day without pay as a result of the government shutdown. This is the longest government shutdown in history and has gone on for three weeks.
Federal workers and agencies are feeling the negative impact of the shutdown. The New York Times reported that airports are experiencing “turmoil” as workers call in sick and even resign.
“The impact on air travelers has been relatively limited with no significant disruptions. But airport workers and travelers are concerned that conditions will worsen if the impasse continues, throwing travel into turmoil,” the report said.
An airport spokesman, Greg Chin told The New York Times that people have called in sick at double the rate.
“Agents had been calling in sick at double the normal rate this week, leaving their supervisors worried that they will not have enough agents to operate all of the airport’s 11 security checkpoints,” the report stated.
President of the T.S.A. Council of the American Federation of Government Employees, Hydrick Thomas, said that “extreme financial hardship” has caused workers to resign.
Miami International Airport announced that because of the shutdown they will close down one terminal early each day due to the lack of workers.
Read the full report here.