5th TSA Officer At Orlando International Airport Tests Positive For COVID-19 Virus
Just an hour ago, we here at MickeyBlog told you that Governor DeSantis has issued a mandatory self-quarantine order for guests flying into Florida airports to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. Hot on its heels is a story that a 5th case of a TSA at Orlando International Airport contracting the COVID-19 virus has been confirmed.
“TSA confirms that a fifth Transportation Security Officer who works at Orlando International Airport has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” a TSA spokesperson said. According to a recent report by WESH, the union representing TSA workers in lashing out at management saying that it failed to protect its employees by providing them with protective gear including surgical masks.
Additional reports are surfacing that TSA agents are failing to show up for shifts. A spokeswoman from the TSA emailed WESH to say that they have implemented a new leave policy authorizing employees to take leave for up to 14 days thus allowing them to assess their health status. The spokesperson added that this applies to all employees whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. Furthermore, workers will not be required to use accrued annual or sick leave during this period.
Though this new policy raises obvious concerns about security and staffing at Orlando International Airport, the TSA said that it will be working in conjunction with local leadership at airports to adjust screening procedures and to ensure that security is not compromised. It should be noted that this could result in longer security lines for those flying out of MCO in the weeks to come.
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