‘Blue Flu’: Hundreds Of Unpaid TSA Officials Call Out Sick At Major Airports

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers work unpaid on the first day of the US government shutdown, at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, California on December 22, 2018. - The partial US government shutdown i... Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers work unpaid on the first day of the US government shutdown, at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, California on December 22, 2018. - The partial US government shutdown is set to stretch on through Christmas as the Senate adjourned with no deal to end it in sight. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS

In what one official dubbed the “blue flu,” hundreds of blue-uniformed TSA officials have been calling out sick in recent days as the shutdown stretches on and their salaries go unpaid.

According to a Friday CNN report, the mass call-outs have hit New York’s JFK, Texas’ Dallas-Fort Worth and North Carolina’s Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham airports.

The problem will reportedly only worsen as the shutdown drags on and more paychecks are missed. And as workers call out to take care of children or find other sources of employment, remaining airport officials will have to make some serious decisions: long lines and wait times, or less security?

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