Thomas Frank

TSA workers might not return to work after shutdown, experts worry
Many screeners are likely finding new jobs, according to some experts, who warn about staffing shortages and security lines

The Transportation Security Administration seemed to hit bottom last fall when a congressional investigation revealed misconduct by senior agency officials, a jury trial elicited testimony of on-the-job sexual harassment, and an employee survey ranked the TSA one of the worst federal workplaces.

But now as thousands of airport screeners skip work during the government shutdown, the TSA is facing a potential crisis that could hinder air travel for months, damage the struggling agency for years, and threaten aviation security.