Federal workers speak about shutdown with members of Congress at Metro Airport

TSA officers at Logan Airport

More than 800 TSA employees at Logan Airport are preparing to go without pay until the government shutdown ends.

As the federal government shutdown continues through its third week, airport workers are getting hit hard as they are expected to work without a paycheck.

Stress on the system may may soon start causing flight delays, said Trish Gilbert, vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

"Our inspectors are the oversight, they are the regulatory side of the house for the FAA", said Mike Perrone, president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union. It will then close again at 1 p.m., Chin said. They Just want to work and get paid and they say this could affect us.

Bilello said TSA is still hiring officers and working on contingency plans in case the shutdown lasts beyond Friday, when officers would miss their first paycheck since the shutdown began on December 22.

Pittsburgh International Airport, meanwhile, delivered lunches Friday to TSA workers and air traffic controllers, and they plan to do so every Friday until the shutdown ends. He said he was more concerned about the hassle than potential security risks.

Congress adjourned for the weekend Friday afternoon, guaranteeing the government shutdown will continue and become the longest in USA history - as air traffic controllers sued the Trump administration over their frozen pay. Congressional Democrats aren't budging on their opposition to the wall.

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"They are truly stuck in the middle and they have to put up with the flyers that are maybe impatient and not getting paid for that, don't know if I'd put up with it", said Lisa Peck.

Tampa International Airport is working with different agencies to set up a food pantry, get bus passes and work with utilities to help hundreds of federal employees who may be struggling to pay bills.

Flights that would otherwise depart from Terminal G in the afternoons will use gates in other parts of the airport. Chin said G was chosen because it's the slowest concourse at MIA. A statement on its website on Wednesday said 1.74 million passengers were screened across the day, and 99.9 percent had to wait 30 minutes or less.

But local officials at the county-owned airport and federal managers are bracing for more workforce disruptions if the shutdown continues. The terminal serves United Airlines along with smaller carriers.

Mike Boyd, a consultant to airports, said TSA leaders will do what they can to streamline the screening process, which he called "pretty much of a veneer" even before the government shutdown.

"We're staying in touch with them to see if those dynamics change", he said.

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