Local TSA rep says workers remain dedicated despite not being paid during shutdown
On day 20 of a government shutdown, the representative for TSA officers at John Glenn International Airport said members are disappointed but dedicated to the job.
Federal workers continue to go without a paycheck as the shutdown drags on. Inside John Glenn International Airport, traveler Charlie Lee said he has concerns about the impact on air travel.
"Time is money. You want to get to places when we need to, and I'm concerned that I might not be able to do that, but I haven't noticed any real changes or impact so far,” said Lee.
Richard Amos with American Federation of Government Employees is the local representative for TSA officers at John Glenn International Airport. He said travelers have nothing to worry about during the shutdown.
"The majority of us are veterans and we understand mission and duty, so our job is to make sure that the traveling public is safe and that comes first regardless if we're getting paid or not,” explained Amos.
Amos said the prolonged shutdown has many officers frustrated, disappointed and figuring out how to pay their bills. Despite the worries, Amos said he was surprised by the treatment from travelers.
"People come to us as they're coming through and saying thanks for being here, thanks for doing what you do. And the tremendous support from the public knowing that we're here on the front lines doing all that we do regardless if we get paid or not, the support is outstanding. It's great."
Amos said the only thing better than the appreciation from the public would be for the shutdown to end, "we're just hopeful. I mean that's all we can be."