Airport security: TSA workers protest government shutdown

CHICAGO - MARCH 15: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers staff a checkpoint at O'Hare International Airport on March 15, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Today TSA personnel are scheduled to begin using the Backscatter Advanced Imaging Technology full-body scanners at the airport. Twenty airports nationwide are now using full-body scanners. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Dozens of local TSA workers are demanding an end to the government shutdown so they can get paid. Friday marks the first payday that hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers will miss since the shutdown began 21 days ago.

On Thursday, Atlanta TSA union voiced their disapproval and said they're terrified the shutdown will force them to leave their jobs so they can put food on the table for their families. They also said leaving now would cause many of them to forfeit the pension they've been working toward for years.

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The AFGE Local 554 held a rally in front of the Domestic North Terminal of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Thursday afternoon.

This week, the government shutdown had begun to impact travel as TSA agents and air traffic controllers continue to work without promise of pay and FAA inspectors remain on furlough.

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Several dozen workers were seen out front carrying signs and getting the attention of travelers during the rally.

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