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The TSA advocates a backup as the shutdown wears off



Email sent to TSA employees in more than 10 states with more than 100 airports requires staff to move from their home airports to low-staff airports. This suggests that the agency is focusing on even more callouts.

The e-mail is the latest example of the growing fear within the TSA of the growing number of callouts as staff members prepare to pay a second paycheck this week. Ten percent of TSA employees had unexcused absences on Sunday, the agency said.

This is the second request for more backup auditors to help eliminate staff shortages, say the email and a familiar TSA employee.

All members of the Agency's National Deployment Team, a fast-response team of TSA officials, can be sent to airports across the country to close the staff shortage, and according to the email, have already been dispatched. The team was deployed to close gaps at airports in Atlanta, New York, Chicago and other countries, as the partial closure of the government spans the fifth week.

Atlanta Airport is already the busiest in the world, preparing for the influx of travelers in less than two weeks if the city is home to the Super Bowl.

The response team varies in size and conditions, said TSA spokesman Jim Gregory.

"We work every day to make sure that our checkpoints are fully covered nationwide and are always welcoming new volunteers," said Gregory. He found that the employees would be paid only at the end of the standstill. "Our workforce is incredibly focused on the mission, and we've received hundreds of calls on the reputation."

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The volunteers would presumably come from airports that are not encumbered by callouts were to help airports that have done this.

A similar petition filed last week brought at least 160 volunteers to the agency, the e-mail said.

Another sign of the need for volunteers reminds the email to the TSA staff that the agency would pick up the cost of their hotel and their travel. According to the e-mail, officials will use their government-issued credit cards for meals and incidents. These credit card payments, however, would have to be made only after the reopening of the government.

Gregory said the agency is working to reduce the need to close security checkpoints and lanes, but acknowledges that the government's closure could continue.

"In coordination with the airlines and airport authorities, our federal security officers will take security measures as necessary, which could lead to lane closures, so far we have seen very few barricades across the country."

In recent days has grown the number of TSA officers who call from work.

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After Callouts reached 10% nationwide on Sunday, TSA said 7.5% Employees on Monday compared to 3.3 on the same Monday a year ago.

"Many employees report that due to financial constraints they are unable to report at work," the TSA said in a statement.

In early January, CNN reported for the first time that hundreds of TSA officials had been called from work. They expressed concerns among trade union officials and inspectors that the safety of aviation would be negatively affected.
A regional TSA manager told the Screeners at Palm Springs International Airport, a small airport in California, that excessive absences have "negatively affected" security measures at the airport and warned against "disciplinary action" on employees doing their jobs miss.

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