There are reports of a good number of TSA employees calling out sick around the country, leading to long lines at security checkpoints at some airports.
“You’re already in a ... very stressful job," said Dan McCabe of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. "And now when you go home, you're thinking about 'How am I going to pay my mortgage? How am I gonna pay for childcare?’ It changes the dynamic at the dinner table for the families of the controllers."
McCabe says they don't know when they're going to get paid next.
“We were last paid Dec. 31. The next scheduled paycheck would be Jan. 15. We’ve been told that if there’s no resolution by Jan. 11, that paycheck will not come,” he said.
Airport officials say safety is still their top priorit and they will call in additional agents and inspectors as needed.