- 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 reported on Twitter.
- “We’re living in a simulation,” one passenger tweeted.
The US is dealing with the second-longest government shutdown ever.
Most of the effects have been unsavoury. Some 800,000 federal workers are furloughed, meaning they are not working and receiving no pay, or working without pay (though those workers are due back pay when the government reopens) until the shutdown ends. The Food and Drug Administration has ceased food inspections. And the 40 million Americans who receive SNAP benefits won’t receive food assistance after 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 December 22.
However, there’s one little-known effect of the shutdown that has turned things up at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). 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 have heard the uncensored versions of “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott featuring Drake. Such sentiments weren’t shared before the government shutdown began on December 22.
JFK is playing sicko mode we’re living in a simulation
— sarah but halloween (@unfunny_sarah) January 7, 2019
they are currently blasting an uncensored sicko mode at jfk
— Rayyan (@RayyanRKhan) December 31, 2018
Other song choices have been reported on Twitter at JFK’s eight terminals, which host of more than 29 million departures a year.
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
— The Bi Priestess (@virghoe_) January 9, 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
A spokesperson from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates JFK, 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.
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