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The Fed shutdown and TSA lines. What’s your experience?

The Fed shutdown and TSA lines. What’s your experience?

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Old Jan 14, 19, 8:53 am
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Terminal: 7
Time of day: 0700
Approximate wait time for TSA id check/length of line: 5 minutes
TSA, Priority, Pre?: Precheck
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Old Jan 14, 19, 1:49 pm
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Airport: SEA
Terminal: Checkpoint 4
Time of day: 1/13/19 at 11:30 am
Approximate wait time for TSA id check/length of line: No wait for ID check, scan took 2-3 minutes due to someone travelling with a block of cheese that needed extra scrutiny.
TSA, Priority, Pre?: Pre-check
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Old Jan 14, 19, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by ftmsb View Post
Airport: SEA
Terminal: Checkpoint 4
Time of day: 1/13/19 at 11:30 am
Approximate wait time for TSA id check/length of line: No wait for ID check, scan took 2-3 minutes due to someone travelling with a block of cheese that needed extra scrutiny.
TSA, Priority, Pre?: Pre-check
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About 10:30 am
10 minutes total
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Old Jan 14, 19, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by TheotherJames View Post
I flew out of SEA yesterday and was prepared to mention to all the TSA members I met that I appreciate them being here. An older TSA individual who was working the line said they were getting paid because Washington State politicians used separate funds to pay the TSA workers. I have no idea if that was true but had no reason to not believe it. During my flight, the FA's were saying that SFO was the worst but I wasn't sure if they mean just in general or because of the shutdown.
I've read that SFO security is done primarily by contractors, not the TSA, so I would imagine they're just talking about the airport (and its ever-present fog-based delays).
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Old Jan 14, 19, 3:03 pm
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Originally Posted by rill2503456 View Post
I've read that SFO security is done primarily by contractors, not the TSA,
Yes, as mentioned upthread. Covenant Aviation Security handles the screening. They wear the same basic uniform but their shoulder tabs are CAS instead of TSA.

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Old Jan 14, 19, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by TheotherJames View Post
I flew out of SEA yesterday and was prepared to mention to all the TSA members I met that I appreciate them being here. An older TSA individual who was working the line said they were getting paid because Washington State politicians used separate funds to pay the TSA workers. I have no idea if that was true but had no reason to not believe it. During my flight, the FA's were saying that SFO was the worst but I wasn't sure if they mean just in general or because of the shutdown.
That doesn't make much sense (WA lawmakers don't/can't fund federal agency work), and doesn't jive with reports like this. Perhaps he was a Port of Seattle employee vs TSA or something?
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Old Jan 14, 19, 5:51 pm
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No issues at PDX or LAX today
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Old Jan 14, 19, 7:30 pm
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Old Jan 14, 19, 9:22 pm
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Originally Posted by be_rettSEA View Post
That doesn't make much sense (WA lawmakers don't/can't fund federal agency work), and doesn't jive with reports like this. Perhaps he was a Port of Seattle employee vs TSA or something?
Agreed, but that is what he said. He appeared to have all the usual TSA badges and uniform but maybe I wasn't paying attention and the Port guys have similar uniforms?
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Old Jan 15, 19, 2:39 am
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No lines at ANC tonight, 10:45 PM. Was in Pre, but also applied to the other lines too.

This seems rather overhyped overall.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 4:03 am
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JFK

Airport: JFK 1/15
Terminal: 7
Time of day: 04:45
Approximate wait time for TSA id check/length of line: 8 minutes
TSA, Priority, Pre?: Pre-check
Not a separate pre-check line except for ID check. Operation not too organized.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 6:52 am
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SeaTac 1/15/2019 0530 Main Terminal NO PREMIUM

20 to 25 minute wait. No Pre Check today :-( Also, both premium lanes (1 & 3) blocked. TSA agent says no more premium lanes (but other security screeners surprised to hear that). AS check in agents clueless about premium lane availability.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 6:55 am
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Originally Posted by wonderlaw View Post
20 to 25 minute wait. No pre check today :-( also, both premium lanes (1 & 3) blocked. Tsa agent says no more premium lanes (but other security screeners surprised to hear that). As check in agents clueless about premium lane availability.
make that 1/2 an hour
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Old Jan 15, 19, 11:53 am
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Checkpoint 4 Precheck only
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Old Jan 15, 19, 12:10 pm
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So far still no noticeable widespread issues. And I have not seen this level of friendliness from passengers towards the TSA workers. Even a thanks with a pat on the back, literally.
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