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Gov't Shutdown = All Work & No Pay for TSA

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Passengers at Clinton National Airport said Thursday they were surprised to learn that employees with the Transportation Safety Administration are on the job but without a paycheck.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Passengers at Clinton National Airport said Thursday they were surprised to learn that employees with the Transportation Safety Administration are on the job but without a paycheck.

The TSA part of the federal government shutdown that started Oct. 1.  But unlike many other agencies, TSA employees working in airports were not furloughed.

“TSA Transportation Security, including aviation passenger screening, as well as the TSA Federal Air Marshal Service will remain operational under the government shutdown because they have been deemed law enforcement necessary or necessary for the safety of life and protection of property,” a statement from the agency says.

Staff at Clinton National Airport say passengers should not notice any customer service differences during the duration of the shutdown.

"I feel like that we have a very good staff that is focused on quality and that starts with our federal security director," airport spokesperson Shane Carter says. "I feel like they're going to continue to provide the excellent service they always do here."

Still, passengers we talked to say having TSA employees protecting American airports and not getting paid sends a message about what is wrong with Washington D.C.

"If Congress is going to work and get paid, they should get paid too," passenger Howard Cannen said.
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