Some federal workers remain on the job without pay during partial government shutdown
Things were relatively quiet at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at noon Saturday as passengers made their way through screening. Some are on their way home. The Lockshaw Family was heading to Youngstown, Ohio.
"Went dog sledding, went snowmobiling, got to see a lot of the state while I was here," Nick Lockshaw said.
Travelers had to first get through screening by Anchorage TSA agents. The workers are among the more than 55,000 in the department around the country who remain on the job without pay during the partial government shutdown.
They are not the only ones on the front line in Alaska; Coast Guard Station Kodiak also remains operational.
The Coast Guard and the TSA both fall under the Department of Homeland Security. A document on the department's website shows that 86 percent of its employees are currently working during the partial government shutdown.
CBS News reports that Coast Guard members will receive a Dec. 31 paycheck, but that the subsequent check scheduled for Jan. 15, 2019 is not guaranteed.
Last week, CBS News reported federal employees who still have to work are expected to receive back pay when the shutdown ends, but it's unclear when that will be. Workers who are furloughed, like Alaska's U.S. Geological Survey office, are also expected to receive back pay, according to CBS News.
In the meantime, it's business as usual at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, with passengers continuing to pass through security checkpoints before their flights.
"I'm confident we're going to make it without any delays today," Lockshaw said.
Dave Leval contributed to this report.
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