JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As the partial government shutdown continues, many workers across Florida
and the nation deemed essential by the US government are working. But there's
A man who says he is a TSA agent tells First Coast News he isn't
getting paid. We're protecting his identity.
The man says he works at Jacksonville
International Airport as a Transportation Security Administration agent and he
says neither he nor his coworkers are getting paid.
When you come to Jacksonville International Airport or any major US Airport,
Transportation Security Administration agents are some of your first line of
defense before you get on a plane.
"I think they do a terrific job under a lot of pressure," said
Brett Snyder a passenger from Jacksonville.
TSA security screeners are on the job. One man, we will call him Bob
Hamilton, says he's one of them at JIA.
"I like the job," Hamilton said.
Hamilton says he is not getting paid while working during the partial
"It's a hassle," he said. "What do I tell my creditor? What
do I tell the bank when they want their money? What do I tell my landlord?
Government workers like TSA agents Deemed essential, who are working will be
paid for their work during the shutdown. But they are still dealing with
delayed paychecks. For load employees have to have congressional approval to
get back pay.
"This is about just letting folks know that we still come to work
every day, even though we're not getting paid. It's not just about the folks
that are sitting home." Hamilton explained.
"I think that all the Federal workers who are working should be getting
paid." Snyder said. "And the Congressmen should not be getting
Regardless, Hamilton said he wants you to know.
"We're here to serve you and we're going to do a good job
From the TSA, sent to me today, Friday
"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."
First Coast News