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SFO Encourages Airport Shops & Restaurants Cut Prices for Federal Employees

Airport asks retailers to offer half-off discount to employees not receiving pay due to shutdown

As the shutdown of the federal government reaches historic levels for duration, SFO is asking Airport shops and restaurants to reduce their prices for federal employee who continue to work without a paycheck. This week, SFO requested that restaurants and retailers offer a 50% discount to federal employees who work at the Airport. SFO will adjust its fee structure to protect voluntarily participating concession operators from any financial impact of this discount program.

“This program demonstrates how our Airport community comes together to support one another,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “Our goal is to ease the financial hardship on federal government employees at SFO who are personally affected by this government shutdown. We appreciate the work of our Airport concessions, and we will continue to seek out ways to help our affected teammates.”

SFO is also providing resource sheets to help affected workers access assistance services, and the Airport’s Business and Career Center will offer “Shutdown Support” drop-in hours where affected workers can meet with specialists on managing unexpected financial challenges.

A variety of federal agencies employ workers at SFO who are currently not receiving pay as a result of the federal government shutdown. These include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who staff air traffic controllers and related staff, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) who staff in the International Arrivals area, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), who oversee the Screening Partnership Program, in which security screening services are contracted to qualified private companies.

At SFO, the TSA holds a contract with Covenant Aviation Services for security screening services. Covenant Aviation Services employs approximately 1,200 workers at SFO, and these non-federal employees have continued to receive pay during the government shutdown.