President Trump’s Government Shutdown should NOT affect TSA
Last week, President Donald Trump said that he would own the government shutdown (has it been a week? Feels like longer…). There was a lot of concern about how Trump’s shutdown would affect government workers but never fear, the TSA **shouldn’t** be affected.
Last week during a meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, President Trump said “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 21, 2018
While many parts of the government that travelers like us use on the regular (such as the National Park Service) are closed until further notice, jobs involving national security such as the TSA are required to work.
While they’re required to show up to work, they are not being paid. In the past they have been paid back pay but there is no guarantee.
There’s also no guarantee that the have to be HAPPY about being at work today, or any other day for that matter. Just remember that you’ll want an extra ounce of prevention and 43 gallons extra of patience as you’re heading through the security lines this morning.
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Traveling through the security checkpoints at SeaTac airport this morning was an adventure as we overheard some of the agents talking about calling in sick in protest. One of the TSA Precheck check points was shut down this morning because of lack of personnel. Today and tomorrow are going to be arguably the busiest travel days of the year, so any delays will be devastating.
Please do remember to arrive well before the flight as you’ll have to clear security. Today is one of those days where I really do recommend two hours before your flight and spend some extra time in the lounge.
We’re going to be arriving extra early for our flight tomorrow and hanging out in the Amex Centurion Lounge. If you don’t have the Amex Platinum card you can find out more about it here. Honestly, it’s the only card we use for lounge access (considering you get Delta Lounges, Amex Lounges, and all Priority Pass lounges… win win!)