BOI employees continue to work without pay: ' The flying public can count on us'
BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) —
During the government shutdown, air traffic controllers and TSA security agents have been kept on the job although they will likely miss their first paycheck this Friday.
Some TSA agents have protested by calling in sick and that's led to slowdowns at some major airports. But what about here in Boise?
Air Traffic Controller, Andy Marosvari, at BOI tells CBS2 he has been working without pay. But his main focus remains keeping the traveling public safe.
"Our job when we go to the tower and the tracon is to do what we are trained to do and we're going to continue to do that," Marosvari said.
For 31 years, Marosvari has had the task of separating planes as an air traffic controller.
"We work with distractions all day long. Some are greater than others and this distraction is something we have to work through it," Marosvari said.
During the partial government shutdown, air traffic controllers along with TSA agents have been required to work, without pay.
"There is no check coming this next week for us," Marosvari said.
While TSA admits that screeners have been calling in sick at larger airports across the country, they say it is causing minimal impact.
Meanwhile, the FAA released a statement saying:
"Air traffic control is fully operational and there is no impact to safety or FAA oversights for travelers."
"No one expects this to happen. We all expect to get a paycheck when we go to work and we just have to deal with it as it happens," Marosvari said.
Over the years, Marosvari says he's been through several threats of a furlough or actual shutdown.
"I have no control over what's going on in Washington D.C. or anywhere else in the country but I do have control over how I handle it. I have been talking with my fellow controllers and saying hey folks we need to be professional at this. Let's keep our standards high and continue to do our job," Marosvari said.
At some point, Marosvari says something has to happen. But for now, he says the flying public can count on air traffic control.
"Because that's what we do. We're professionals and our first concern is the safety of the flying public," Marosvari said.
Boise Airport officials tell CBS2 that so far, they have not experienced any delays with the traveling public and operations are running as usual at BOI.