As of Saturday, we are officially experiencing the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. With 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay, all remain without paychecks to kick off 2019.
The shutdown has had adverse effects on National Parks — with campgrounds overflowing with trash and human excrement, and The Food and Drug Administration suspending food inspections, subjecting us to increased risks of food poisoning outbreaks.
Now the shutdown, due to Trump’s petty demand for the border wall with Mexico, is affecting U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration is running on empty with many of its employees calling out sick, contributing to longer lines through security checkpoints with grumpier jet-setters quickly wanting to get from A to B.
To offset temper flares, why not blast some irreverent music?
After all, it is the current mood.
If music helps them deal with the bs of working without pay we should all be supportive and grateful they even show up.
— Bruce Kaiwi (@BruceKaiwi) January 17, 2019
New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport is streaming explicit rap songs over their speakers that best reflects the chaos everyone must be feeling right now.
TSA has officially stopped giving a fuck. SICKO MODE (dirty version) is playing on the speakers at JFK lmfaooo
— lsdipalma (@LSDiPalma) January 9, 2019
JFK is playing sicko mode we’re living in a simulation
— cesar millan (the dog whisperer) (@postmetaboi) January 7, 2019
they are currently blasting an uncensored sicko mode at jfk
— Rayyan (@RayyanRKhan) December 31, 2018
baggage claim in terminal A. sicko mode immediately being followed by tyga’s “taste”
— Rayyan (@RayyanRKhan) January 14, 2019
I imagine literally every TSA employee at JFK shouts in unison when they hear the "Gimme The Loot!" sample drop.
— Handsome Dead (@trilmonte) January 11, 2019
LMFAOOOOO dawg why my homey sent me a snap of Sicko Mode the dirty version blasting in JetBlue terminal at JFK?????? Djsjsjsjs
— Son of Satan (@CelestialSheed) January 12, 2019
Imagine being patted down after passing the body scan while listening to Kanye, rapping:
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
knowing that our man Kanye’s masterpiece poop diddy woop scoop was blasted through jfk airport by tsa today at 6:30 AM IS THE FUNNIEST THING IVE HEARD
— Izzy Anderson (@Izzy_Anderson97) January 17, 2019
TSA agents are not wanting to be there telling you to empty your pockets and not getting paid for it.
But maaaybe some Beastie Boys can assuage some of the stress from manning understaffed stations.
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
…….So what you're saying is, the shutdown gave the airport music choice an upgrade. gotcha.
— Tentegen (@Tentegen1) January 17, 2019
Ha ha! Yup!
Welcome to NYC!😆
— Bonita Labossiere (@Star1voice) January 17, 2019
Paramore’s first line in the opening verse is, “I’m in the business of misery.” Nothing could be farther from the truth.
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
For instance, the airport has responsibility for what’s music and announcements (except for gate announcements and TSA verbal announcements at clots) are being played in the airport. Not TSA. I’m wondering if that is the case at all other airports. TSA is a tennant.#shutdown
— legna48 (@angel_legna48) January 17, 2019
It’s a vibe, aiight?
JFK Airport blasting Ludacris at 5:45 am is a vibe
— Caroline Kenny (@carolinerkenny) December 28, 2018
Haha, love these agents! https://t.co/RdfpKhhZAO
— Christine Black (@Christi70335274) January 16, 2019
I heard TSA has been playing rap music over the loudspeakers at JFK during the government shutdown… anyone trying turn up at the airport this weekend? 😂
— W. Ameen 🇳🇬 (@AmeenBizness) January 16, 2019
— LEX the Lexicon Artist @ SF Sketchfest Jan 25 (@lextheconartist) January 15, 2019
— Julie Byrne (@JulieByrneHUCS) January 16, 2019
According to a spokesperson for Port Authority in New York and New Jersey that also operates JFK, TSA employees have control over music choices while airline employees pick their jam at other terminals.
However, a TSA spokesperson told PEOPLE, “TSA doesn’t have access to the public address system at JFK, I have been advised that the system is accessed by the individual operators and the [Port Authority of New York and New Jersey].”
The shutdown is awful, families are suffering and it is about to get a lot worse ….BUT having said that…these TSA passive aggressive objections are hilarious!
— LK McCarren (@LynneMcCarren) January 10, 2019
Well, whoever is in charge of the music selections at JFK and is over the extended shutdown, we totally hear ya.