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Unpaid TSA Workers: So Hot Right Now

Unpaid TSA Workers: So Hot Right Now
Meg Butler

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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  1. emtmd

    January 11, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Now they’ll have an excuse to be rude, stand around and chat, stop infants, scream at teenagers and sulk!
    It feels better for not being paid for what you never do; now the guilt for a few of you will subside!

  2. toddhicks209

    January 12, 2019 at 2:34 am

    It’s unfair to hold these workers hostage and make them work for free due to a government shutdown just so Trump can get his way over his dumb wall.

  3. Jackie_414

    January 12, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Pfffft! Buck up, folks; stuff it, Jimmy Kimmel, you hypocrite. It is called DUTY! Check in with your local soldier, sailor, marine, airman, policeman, fireman, EMT, etc., if you don’t understand the term.

  4. GO808

    January 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    I suspect that those out sick could receive pay because the sick pay money is from another source, separate from the “budget”.

  5. Swoop

    January 13, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    My brother is a federal worker and his employee credit union extended him a loan to cover expenses until this is resolved. A much better deal than the pirate sector gets.

  6. Detroiter

    January 13, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Mmm kay, Jackie. Last I checked my local cops, firemen, and EMTs weren’t being asked to show up for work without being paid (or with a promise to pay that will be fulfilled who-knows-when, and do landlords or mortgage companies or noteholders for the car really accept “my boss said we’ll be made whole eventually” in lieu of cash?)

    Typical conservative … any actual damage to real people (ruined credit reports, etc.) is inconsequential so long as we’re loyal to the cause (the bloody stupid wall)

  7. Superkooter

    January 13, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    @toddhicks209 the wall is not stupid, it’s needed and long overdue .

  8. alexmyboy

    January 14, 2019 at 5:07 am

    pay the ones that did not vote for trump and don’t pay the rest, problem solved!

  9. cairns

    January 14, 2019 at 6:27 am

    No one’s going to have a ruined credit report for missing one paycheck. Just stop already.

  10. skidooman

    January 14, 2019 at 6:56 am


    Collectively, we have a duty, as citizens, to see that we have the back of the people ensuring our safety.

    And yes, the wall is stupid. Won’t stop the drugs, which are mostly coming in ports of entry. Won’t stop the immigrants either, not unless you post a soldier at every 200 yards. $5.7G in pure waste.

  11. spartacus

    January 14, 2019 at 9:00 am

    To date they have missed ONE paycheck. The guy who complained he was about to have his home foreclosed, sorry, buttercup. That doesn’t happen from one missing payday. As a retired Dept. of Defense civilian, I survived several of these shutdowns. Like the illustrious TSA workforce, I was also mission-essential and worked to protect the safety of many. Those in offices who were sent home were always paid and enjoyed their bonus vacation time. Not sure what agencies are affected, because my friend with DOT in DC received his regular direct deposit as scheduled.

  12. justhere

    January 15, 2019 at 9:22 am

    @skidooman, are you talking about the same TSA folks who routinely miss about 95% of the items when tests are run? Or the TSA folks who missed the passenger with a gun in ATL? The TSA aren’t really doing a whole lot to ensure our safety. Otherwise I’d agree with you.

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