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Absences of air traffic agents in the US reach record levels; Shut down on day 31



WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (Reuters) – The US Transportation Security Administration, with employees partially unpaid, said on Monday that unplanned absences among security officials at US airports hit a record 10 on Sunday Percent rose reached its 31st day.

The agency said the rate had risen from the previous high of 7 percent on Saturday. It was also more than three times the absentee rate of 3.1 percent on the same day last year, when the government was partially closed due to funding issues related to the legislation.

As the government's partial shutdown continues, aviation safety has become a major issue. The number of TSA agents is not rising to work.

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IRS staff member Angela Gran, Center and others attend a protest rally outside the Federal Building on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in Ogden, Utah. Payday will come on Friday without any checks for about 800,000 federal employees affected by the closure of the government. Workers are forced to cut spending, break trips, apply for unemployment benefits, and borrow to stay afloat. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)

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People gather in Ogden, Utah during a workers' protest rally on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)

People gathered during a protest rally by federal workers on Thursday, January 10, 2019, in Ogden, Utah. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)

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The agency said many employees would not be paid because of the closure, sign up for financial Difficulties not to work.

Out of more than 800,000 federal workers, more than 50,000 TSA officials were told to stay home or work without pay during the deadlock, or 30 minutes or less, despite absences, the TSA said.

Some airports had longer waiting times at the security checkpoints, and on Sunday, Baltimore / Washington International Airport closed Thurgood Marshall due to excessive absence. 19659002] About a quarter of the US government has been decommissioned since December 22 due to Trump's demand for $ 5.7 billion to finance a wall on the border with Mexico that the Democrats are not considering

The promise of a border wall was one of the mainstays of Trump's presidential campaign in 2016. As a candidate, he said Mexico would pay for the barrier, but the Mexican government refused.

(Report by David Shepardson and Katanga Johnson, editors Nick Zieminski, Chris Sanders and Bill Trott)


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