Unpaid TSA workers are all of us frustrated with the government right now. And as some of the most headline-grabbing of the 800,000 federal employees who haven’t been paid for just under three weeks, they’ve been enjoying an unprecedented amount of positive attention for some of the handsiest federal employees regular citizens have to encounter on a fairly regular basis.
In support of their struggle, sympathetic fliers have been giving TSA agents gifts and tips (which they are ethically compelled to decline) on their way to their destinations. At least one restaurant is offering them free meals, and one Los Angeles TSA agent even found herself with a (paid) guest spot on the Jimmy Kimmel show.
You can’t, of course, deposit national good will (and so many TSA employees are calling in “sick” that at least one airport had to close one terminal early for three days) but a little emotional support never hurt anyone.
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