BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It was another week without pay for federal employees at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
Transportation Safety Administration officers and traffic controllers with the Federal Aviation Administration are required to still show up for work even though they are currently not getting a paycheck because of the partial government shutdown.
There have been reports of TSA officers calling out sick, but traveler Cole Chamblee said he had no issues going through security. He arrived back in Birmingham on Friday after a work trip to Detroit.
“On the flight up there, through Birmingham, I got through within five minutes, and they were friendly and nice,” said Chamblee.
Avadian Credit Union was at the airport on Friday, offering affected federal employees short-term, zero interest loans. About 50 of them have applied for a loan since Avadian started the program nearly two weeks ago.
“We’re hearing from people who can’t put food on their tables,” said Eric Chambers, a Social Media and Public Relations Specialist for Avadian. “They’re missing payments on their car, and they’re missing their rent payments. People are stressed out about this.”
The zero interest loans are for 60 days. Chambers said if the shutdown is still going on, the credit union will offer another 30 days.
“If you want to apply, come in with your check stub. Come in with proof of furlough, and then we’ll run your credit,” explained Chambers, who said approval is based credit worthiness.
According to Chambers, Avadian is planning to offer the loans as long as the shutdown continues.