1. Various of resource fair being hosted by the Seattle-Tacoma International airport
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Chapman, Federal Bureau of Prisons:
"Personally I'm doing okay. I've been a federal employee most my life so I've been through these before. I've put aside some money to make it a month or two like many other individuals that have perhaps been in the government but eventually this will affect my retirement savings which is, for me, very close. So that's basically what I'm trying to avoid by seeing some of the individuals that are willing to come out here and provide some assistance for us."
3. Various of resource fair being hosted by the Seattle-Tacoma International airport
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Bowman, Port of Seattle Commissioner:
"We came up with the idea of you know at a minimum let's reach out to local nonprofits and credit unions and utility companies and bring all those resources together here at the airport to make it a little bit easier for them to get some help on debt management."
5. Roger Smith at a booth
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Roger Smith, TSA agent:
"It's just me by myself so it's a lot easier than if I had my family at home but I've got two kids in college so that has an impact in everything. It limits me on what I'm able to do. What I definitely can't do."
7. Various of TSA agents
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Chapman, Federal Bureau of Prisons:
"Until once again rational minds take seed in and actually realize the importance of the federal employees and the assets that we provide this government all I can do is hope."
Some airports are trying to help the unpaid federal employees.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport organized an event with credit unions, utilities and nonprofit organizations that can help federal employees obtain short-term loans and assistance.
Port of Seattle commissioner Stephanie Bowman says representatives for credit unions, utilities and financial advisers were available for federal workers to chat about debt management. For many federal workers, Friday marked the first missed paycheck.
Tampa International Airport is working with different agencies to set up a food pantry, get bus passes and work with utilities to help hundreds of federal employees who may be struggling to pay bills.
Pittsburgh International Airport delivered lunches to TSA workers and air traffic controllers on Friday and plans to do it every Friday until the shutdown ends.