Proud of TSA work­ers

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Opinion -

More than 1,000 TSA em­ploy­ees at Fort Laud­erdale-Hol­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional Air­port (FLL) re­mained at their posts for 35 days dur­ing the re­cent fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down, pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity for more than 10,000 flights while in an un­paid sta­tus.

I am im­mensely proud of their per­for­mance, which demon­strated their sense of duty to the trav­el­ing pub­lic and our avi­a­tion part­ners. De­spite per­sonal fi­nan­cial hard­ship, their ded­i­ca­tion to our mis­sion en­abled FLL to avoid ex­cep­tional wait times for pas­sen­gers and other sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts to air car­rier op­er­a­tions.

We did not, how­ever, achieve this alone. We wit­nessed ex­tra­or­di­nary acts of gen­eros­ity and kind­ness to­ward our work­force from Broward County, the air car­ri­ers, char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions, and pas­sen­gers. Thank you to ev­ery­one who of­fered sup­port to TSA at FLL dur­ing the shut­down. The ap­pre­ci­a­tion and en­cour­age­ment from com­mu­nity part­ners and the trav­el­ing pub­lic is the real re­ward of pub­lic ser­vice.

Ja­son Martin, TSA Fed­eral Se­cu­rity Direc­tor at the Fort Laud­erale/Hol­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional Air­port

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