Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson said this week that he’s worried the partial government shutdown could affect the Super Bowl, which will be held in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3rd.
Isakson mentioned that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport could go “out of business” because of a shortage of TSA employees, who are working without pay amid the shutdown.
TSA workers have been working without pay since the shutdown began, and there have been reports of worker shortages at airports across the USA.
“We’ve got a Super Bowl coming to Atlanta in about three weeks. The biggest tourism event in the world this year,” Isakson said.
“What if the largest airport in the world, that’s going to bring people to the largest football game in the world, goes out of business because the TSA strikes? Then you’ve just cost millions of dollars to the United States of America, my home city of Atlanta and others.”
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has already felt the effects of the shutdown. Earlier this week, travelers were met with security lines that took over an hour to navigate through.
So I’m at @ATLairport and this may be the longest security line I have ever seen. Even growing up here, and even for a Monday morning. One passenger told me he’d been waiting over an hour and still had about 30 minutes to go. pic.twitter.com/UL7EghujQI
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) January 14, 2019
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