Atlanta mayor offers plan to pay TSA workers
As the fight continues in Washington D.C. over the longest shutdown in U.S. history, Atlanta could be hit incredibly hard next week.
Thousands of football fans are expected to fly in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the days before Super Bowl Sunday, and nearly all of them are expected to fly out on the next day. "Mass Exodus Monday" could spell disaster for Atlanta if the government shutdown continues.
TSA agents are still on the job without pay, even as the rate of calls out increases. Some have even suggested a mass "sickout" by agents the day after the Super Bowl as a way to force Congress act to strike a deal.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms admits she's worried about what might happen.
"We are getting support from the TSA. They've flown in additional agents into Atlanta, but we are extremely concerned," said Bottoms, who was speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in D.C.
Bottoms is working to allow the city to give credit union loans to TSA workers at the world's busiest airport during the shutdown. A similar plan is being used in San Jose, California.
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