Business as usual: TSA attendance up at TF Green despite shutdown


WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The partial government shutdown is now in its 20th day and the head of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) at T.F. Green Airport says it’s been business as usual for his employees, even as they prepare to go unpaid.

In fact, TSA Director Dan Burche said attendance has been better than usual as of late.

“They’re just all waiting to see what is going to happen,” Burche said.

Like many other federal workers, he and his staff are anxiously awaiting a solution to end the shutdown.

“Are they worried? Well of course they’re worried, but are they letting it stop them from what they’re doing? No,” Burche added.

Burche said the higher attendance rate has created low or no wait times at the security checkpoint.

Meanwhile, TSA employees have been kept in the loop during the shutdown and information from the Department of Homeland Security has been sent out to workers, according to Burche. 

“It’s just links and resources that are out there and they’re just basically making you aware again that these things exist, you know, should you need them,” he explained.

Burche said anticipating potential government shutdowns is a reality of the job.

“It kind of goes with being a federal employee. This can happen, you hope it doesn’t,” he said. “Most jobs don’t require an oath to take those, and they’ve taken that oath and they’re doing that job and they’re fulfilling that oath.”

Burch said TSA workers will be compensated after the shutdown ends, including any overtime they worked during that time period.

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