Lexington TSA agents 'supporting each other' during government shutdown

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - With no end for the partial government shutdown in sight, Lexington TSA workers are wondering when they'll see their next paycheck.

It's a new normal for many, but Bluegrass Airport workers are stressed and worried.

"The uncertainty is just unreal," said Michael Smith, who is a TSA transportation security officer. "We've stretched our budget to the limit, and we can only go so far."

Friday was payday for some workers, but it meant a blank pay stub. However, some of the officers are still coming in to work.

Local union representatives believe "someday" they'll get paid, yet they do not know how long it may take.

"I'm dedicated to TSA's mission, and we all still have a job to do," Smith said.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are experiencing the same thing-- either furloughed or working without pay.

Some are handling it better than others. Miam International Airport is actually shutting down one of its terminals this weekend due to lack of proper staffing.

But, here in Lexington, on the 21st day of the shutdown, Smith says TSA officers are supporting each other to keep operations going.

"It is stressful, but we're coming together trying to support each other," Smith said.

Now, union representatives want lawmakers to do the same thing.

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