TIA: Federal workers still showing up after missed paychecks

Tampa International Airport officials say most of its government workers are still showing up to work, despite not getting paid while the government remains shut down.

Payday was a bust Friday. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees across the country woke up to a zero in their bank accounts.

That includes about 600 TSA agents, 30 with Customs and Border Patrol, and 70-80 FAA workers at TIA.

“We want them to know that they are appreciated," said Emily Knipps, a spokesperson for the airport.

While other airports like Miami International, have had to temporarily close a terminal, TIA reports no significant changes.

“We’re fortunate that we haven’t seen that," said Knipps. "We want people to know that they can still get through to security pretty quickly here at the airport.”

Some travelers said they arrived early in case of long lines at security checkpoints, but were relieved to see a full staff.

Janet Coats, who lives in Sarasota, said she spoke to a TSA agent in Phoenix who was worried about making ends meet.

"I said, 'I’m really sorry, I hope this is over for you soon,' and she said, 'yeah, I know, I don’t know how I’m going to pay the bills,'" Coats recalled.

TIA, with the help of Feeding Tampa Bay and United Way, recently set up a pop-up food pantry for workers affected by the shutdown.