U.S. airport screener absences triple as shutdown continues

TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION agents work at a check point inside O'Hare International Airport in Chicago recently. With screeners calling in sick in larger-than-normal numbers, U.S. airports have been experiencing disruptions. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION agents work at a check point inside O'Hare International Airport in Chicago recently. With screeners calling in sick in larger-than-normal numbers, U.S. airports have been experiencing disruptions. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
WASHINGTON – The number of U.S. airport screeners who took unscheduled absences rose to 10 percent on Sunday, more than triple that of a year ago, as the stalemate over the government shutdown continued over a holiday weekend, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The number of unscheduled TSA absences hit the highest level seen…

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