Tammy Duckworth

Concerns grow about impact of shutdown on airport safety; Duckworth warns of long lines to come

Concerns grow about impact of shutdown on airport safety; Duckworth warns of long lines to come

The security lines at O’Hare International Airport have been normal in recent days, airport officials say, despite reports that Transportation Security Administration workers have been calling in sick in greater numbers because of the government shutdown.

However, U.S. pilots have expressed concerns about the ongoing impact of the shutdown on airport safety, and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, told reporters at O’Hare on Monday that she envisioned “long, long lines” if the shutdown continues.

“At a time when the nation’s security is at stake, we’re actually losing the number of TSA agents that are on the job and that is deeply concerning to me,” Duckworth...

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