REPORT: TSA union warns border deployment may ‘undermine’ air safety at busiest time of year


The largest union representing Transportation Security Administration personnel balked at the Trump administration’s plans to send upwards of 400 workers to the U.S.-Mexico border to help with border operations and warned the move may “undermine aviation security” as airports head into the busiest time of the year with fewer security screeners.

Hydrick Thomas, president of the American Federation of Government Employees TSA Council, said the Department of Homeland Security and White House are pulling security forces from airports at the most inopportune time, days ahead of Memorial Day, which is the start of the summer travel season.

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“The timing of this deployment could not be worse, as we are preparing for yet another busy summer travel season,” Thomas said in a statement.

A TSA representative who spoke with the Washington Examiner Wednesday afternoon said they are bracing for another big summer season on top of the border deployment request.

“We’re generally breaking records in some shape or form,” the official said in a phone call. “Since the recession ended, we’ve been having some sort of a record every summer.”

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