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
  • As TSA agents go unpaid, Travis Scott and Kanye West songs are
    blasting through JFK’s loudspeakers, some passengers report on
  • “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
. Some 800,000 federal workers are currently furloughed
or working without pay until the shutdown ends. The Food and Drug
Administration has
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

Read more:
The government shutdown is being blamed for turning TSA lines in a
New York airport into a ‘mad house’

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.

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

— Mezzo Rigatoni (@LSDiPalma)
January 9, 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

— 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

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.

employees working unpaid because of the government shutdown are
quitting — and this could create a ‘massive security risk’ for

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As TSA agents go unpaid, Travis Scott and Kanye West songs are blasting through JFK's loud speakers