The governments shutdown continues, and, as of today, TSA agents and other federal employees will miss their first paycheck of the new year.

TSA agents receive some of the lowest pay among federal workers, and without a reliable income, many agents have called out sick, or quit to look for work elsewhere. Among those agents who remain, morale is at an all time low. Not ideal, considering that these are the people tasked with keeping us safe.

With the TSA operating with such a drastically reduced staff, do you feel comfortable flying during the shutdown? We polled more than 1,000 travelers and here's what they had to say on the topic.

Hundreds of TSA agents have called out sick amid the government shutdown. Does this make you concerned about air travel safety?
o Yes –62 %
o No – 38%

Do you think airlines should be required to pay for private security during a government shutdown?
o Yes – 47%
o No – 45%
o What government shutdown? – 8%


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