As TSA agents go unpaid, Travis Scott and Kanye West songs are blasting through JFK's loud speakers
- The sixth-busiest airport in the world is taking on an unusual vibe.
- As TSA agents go unpaid, Travis Scott and Kanye West songs are blasting through JFK's loudspeakers, some passengers report on Twitter.
- "We're living in a simulation," one passenger tweeted.
The US is currently facing the second-longest government shutdown ever.
Most of the effects have been unsavory. Some 800,000 federal workers are currently furloughed or working without pay until the shutdown ends. The Food and Drug Administration has ceased food inspections. And the 40 million Americans who receive SNAP benefits won't be able to use their food assistance by February, if the shutdown continues.Lines at airports nationwide have also become incredibly long as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees call in sick at work and go unpaid. Air-traffic controllers have also gone unpaid since Dec. 22.
There's one little-known effect of the shutdown that has turned things up at New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport. Loudspeakers have been blasting music that's not the typical, milquetoast offerings at the nation's sixth-busiest airport.
Multiple passengers flying out of JFK have shared on Twitter that they've heard the uncensored versions of "SICKO MODE" by Travis Scott featuring Drake. Such sentiments weren't shared before the government shutdown began on Dec. 22.Other unusual song choices have been reported on Twitter at JFK's eight terminals, which host of more than 29 million departures a year.
Because these reports didn't start before the government shut down, it seems that these abnormal choices were made by TSA employees, who have gone unpaid for weeks.
A spokesperson from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates JFK Airport, told Business Insider that TSA employees have discretion over the music at some terminals, while airline employees choose songs at other terminals.
The American Federation of Government Employees did not immediately respond to Business Insider's inquiry.
JFK is playing sicko mode we're living in a simulation- cesar millan (the dog whisperer) (@postmetaboi) January 7, 2019
TSA has officially stopped giving a fuck. SICKO MODE (dirty version) is playing on the speakers at JFK lmfaooo- Mezzo Rigatoni (@LSDiPalma) January 9, 2019
they are currently blasting an uncensored sicko mode at jfk- Rayyan (@RayyanRKhan) December 31, 2018
I was in JFK at 6:30am the other day and they were playing that poopty scoop Kanye song and I felt like I was in the twilight zone- Tracee Ellis Ross Jr (@virghoe_) January 9, 2019
JFK airport carousel blasting "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" at 10:30 PM is kinda alright with me.- RL Barnes, Ph.D. (@DigitalHistory_) January 7, 2019
the extremely weird feeling when the airport PA is blasting Paramore's "Misery Business" like it's a super hot 2007 Friday night at old JFK- Molly Templeton (@mollytempleton) January 5, 2019
JFK Airport blasting Ludacris at 5:45 am is a vibe- Caroline Kenny (@carolinerkenny) December 28, 2018