JFK Security Guards Threaten Holiday Strike


Worrisome news for people expecting to travel to or from New York City around the holidays: City website Gothamist is reporting that security officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport are expected to vote on a potential strike tomorrow and Friday. An affirmative vote will mean that the strike will start on December 20.

The 300 potential strikers are employed by the companies Air Serv and Global Elite. According to organizers, workers claim both companies have tried to silence their numerous complaints to the TSA regarding "systemic lapses in security standards, including shoddy equipment, rushed searches and lack of training that endangers the flying public."

The article could not predict how a strike would impact travel through JFK. Though company managers could replace some of them, as could Port Authority cops, existing rules could limit what they can do. Further, getting replacement workers the 'Secure Identity Display Areas' credentials they would need may not be possible as those can take weeks to obtain.