Transportation Security Administration

First shutdown pay stub for air traffic controllers: 'Net pay: $0.00'

First shutdown pay stub for air traffic controllers: 'Net pay: $0.00'

Before Corey Soignet had hundreds of lives in his hands, hour after hour, in the airspace above Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, he spent years guiding military aircraft. He had joined the Air National Guard with an eye toward becoming a pilot, but he found being an air traffic controller such meaningful work that he made it his career.

He's learned the "hyperfocus" needed to help guide aircraft through night skies and brutal storms.

On Thursday, Soignet — with 22 years of experience working for the military and Federal Aviation Administration — got a look at his wages for the past two weeks of work helping keep U.S. skies and travelers safe. His net...

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