Gov­ern­ment shut­down caus­ing snags in air travel

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - TIF­FANY CRAW­FORD

Cana­di­ans trav­el­ling to the United States may want to check their flight sta­tus or plan for de­lays be­cause of a short­age of air­port screen­ers, as the U.S. gov­ern­ment shut­down be­came the long­est in his­tory on the week­end.

Satur­day marked Day 22 of the shut­down over Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s fund­ing feud.

He wants to build a $5.7-bil­lion wall be­tween the U.S. and Mex­ico and so far that’s not a de­sire for all the po­lit­i­cal pow­ers in Wash­ing­ton. CNN re­ported Satur­day Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Air­port will close a con­course early for three days be­cause of a short­age of Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion screen­ers, who were not re­port­ing for work.

The New York Times re­ported Fri­day that ex­treme fi­nan­cial hard­ship was caus­ing TSA em­ploy­ees to ei­ther re­sign and look for other work or call in sick.

The con­cern was that if the im­passe con­tin­ues travel will be thrown into tur­moil in the U.S.

TSA’s 51,000 air­port se­cu­rity agents are fed­eral em­ploy­ees, who are re­quired to work with­out pay dur­ing the par­tial shut­down.

On this side of the bor­der, YVR spokes­woman An­drea Pham said all oper­a­tions at Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port were “nor­mal” on Satur­day, but rec­om­mended pas­sen­gers check their flight sta­tus be­fore head­ing for the air­port.

Mean­time, Cana­di­ans try­ing to re­new or get a Nexus pass, which speeds up bor­der en­try for lowrisk Cana­di­ans, were told ear­lier this week they would have to wait un­til the shut­down ends.

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