Effects of government shutdown absent from Hopkins

Hopkins Airport security

(Cleveland) - The longest government shutdown in U.S. history is now in its 25th day and the fallout continues. 

At many of the nation's already busy airports, passengers are running into long lines to be screened by tsa agents who aren't getting paid.  

That's not the case at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport where passenger traffic flow  from the ticketing area to the gates remains at normal levels. 

Airport director Robert Kennedy says he has not heard of any TSA staffing problems. Kennedy explains he sympathizes with TSA workers who haven't been paid, and praises their determination and dedication to remain at their posts. 

TSA employees were in abundance throughout the airport but declined to speak about their situation publicly. 

TSA workers are just some of the 800-thousand federal workers either furloughed or having to work without a paycheck.  

There's still no end in sight to the shutdown, triggered by President Trump's demand for more than $5-billion in funding for a wall along the southern border, and key republican senators refusal to allow a vote on any legislation that would fund the government without significant money for a border wall.  

This is the first day tens of thousands of members of the Coast Guard are expected to miss a paycheck since the shutdown started.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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