Government Shutdown Impacts Air Travel In Southern California

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CNN first reported that hundreds of TSA officers have called out from shifts at four major US airports.

The excessive absences of TSA officers who are currently working without pay have "impacted security operations" at a southern California airport in Palm Springs. 

Martin Elam, the deputy federal security director overseeing five California airports, acknowledges that the partial government shutdown, now into a third week, is having some impact on aviation security at the airport.

The number of call outs have reached the point that security operations may be impacted and employees may be disciplined for missed shifts and potentially further hardship for those already going without a paycheck.

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