JFK and LaGuardia
offering free meals to TSA employees
during government shutdown
BY JEFF YAPALATER
Terminals at both JFK and
LaGuardia Airports are
showing their gratitude
for the federal work-ers
who come to work
despite not getting paid
during the government shutdown. The
terminals are providing free meals to those
who are working their regular shifts.
In some cases, terminal operators are
solely providing food through their man-agement
of the terminal, as is the case
of JFK Terminal One, TOGA, according to
Operations Manager Klaudia Fitzgerald.
“This is something the terminal is
happy to do to help ease some of
hardship that TSA, Customs Border
Protection and Federal Aviation Ad-ministration
employees are feeling
with the deprivation of a paycheck,”
Terminal One has been providing
breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Food
is purchased outside of the airport,
delivered and then brought to the
employee break rooms. Roughly 60
pizzas are delivered throughout the
day for distribution to these federal
workers who are very happy to receive
a special thanks.
Terminal 4, JFKIAT, is also doing its part
with the help of Delta, and The Terminal
Four Airline Consortium (TFAC) with its
own schedule of food delivery.
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JetBlue and Terminal 8 are said to be
doing a program, but the details were not
Last week, LaGuardia Gateway Part-ners
of LaGuardia Terminal B supplied
federal workers with hot trays of Italian
food from Antonio’s Italian restaurant.
Takeaway plates were seen throughout
the terminal as workers made their way
to their break rooms.
Additionally, select vendors in the ter-minals
are offering additional discounts
to the workers. Some vendors are offer-ing
20 percent off retail pricing, while
others are discounting as much as 50
percent off prices during the shutdown.
Various national chains are offering a
standard 10 percent employee discount
Photo by Jeff Yapalater
for airport workers with security badges
and a bit more for the federal group.
There was word that there may be
free or discounted rides offered on the
AirTrain, but there has yet to be an official
Workers who come to work and put their
time in because of a sense of responsibility
are recognized by the management of the
terminals and food service vendors, and like-wise
these workers appreciate this token of
appreciation which helps keep morale high
during this uncertain period of employment.
Restaurants or food purveyors who
wish to donate food for federal workers
at the airports can email jeff@airportvoice.
com to be put in touch with the right
people for food sharing at the airports.