According to CNN, the TSA said that one in ten employees scheduled to work Sunday did not show up for work. Many employees cited “financial limitations” that prevented them from coming to work.
On Monday, the TSA released a statement: "Yesterday's complete figures show that TSA experienced a national rate of 10 percent of unscheduled absences compared to a 3.1 percent rate one year ago on the same day, Jan. 20, 2018. Many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work due to financial limitations."
Compared to last year, unscheduled absences have risen dramatically.
The TSA statement maintained that although the high rate of absences has continued due to the longest government shutdown in history, wait times at airports were “'within normal TSA times' of 30 minutes in standard lanes and 10 minutes for TSA PreCheck flyers."
TSA did acknowledge that “some airports experienced longer than usual wait times.”
Although the national numbers of those who have called out have been made public, TSA management sent out a memo to advise airport agency officials not to make details public about individual airports.
The memo said, “Do not offer specific call out data at your airport. You can say you have experienced higher numbers of call outs but in partnership with the airport and airlines you are able to manage people and resources to ensure effective security is always maintained.”