FOX News - The Transportation Security Administration says passenger wait times at airports across the country are not being significantly impacted, despite reports of employees calling out sick and passengers reporting “chaos” and “nightmare” crowds.
“Nationwide, TSA screened approximately 2.22 million passengers yesterday (Sunday), a historically busy day due to holiday travel. 99.8 [percent] of travelers waited less than 30 minutes; 90.1 [percent] of passengers less than 15 minutes. In TSA [PreCheck] lanes, passengers on average waited less than five minutes,” the TSA posted in a statement on Twitter Monday just before 12 p.m.
“We are grateful to the more than 51,000 agents across the country who remain focused on the mission and are respectful to the traveling public as they continue the important work necessary to secure the nation’s transportation systems.”
The TSA’s announcement comes following a Friday CNN report that claimed hundreds of TSA workers were calling out sick and staging a “sickout” amid the government shutdown.
A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security later dismissed the report as “fake news” and called the sickouts “non-existent.”