Unpaid TSA employees blasting explicit songs as US govt shutdown continues

The effect of the US government's shutdown has brought about a new form of protest at one of the world's busiest airports.

TSA agents, those responsible for airport security screening, have begun playing uncensored hip hop music inside John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York.

The government employees have so far been working for nearly 30 days without pay due to the shutdown. Air-traffic controllers have also gone unpaid since December 22.

Some security agents have opted to call in sick, but a small group of loyal agents are now working to a different beat.

Alexandra Dipalma tweeted from JFK: "TSA has officially stopped giving a f**k. SICKO MODE (dirty version) is playing on the speakers at JFK lmfao."

The song 'Sicko Mode' by Travis Scott contains a series of expletives, including both the F and N words.

Molly Templeton was also at JFK when she heard Paramore's 'Misery Business', which makes references to a "whore".

RL Barnes heard the TSA playing a song by the Beastie Boys that she says perfectly summed up the situation.

'No Sleep Till Brooklyn' includes the lyrics: "Our manager's crazy / He always smokes dust / He's got his own room at the back of the bus."

A spokesperson for operators of JFK Airport told Business Insider that TSA employees do get to choose what music plays at some of the airport's eight terminals.

No disciplinary action has reportedly been taken against the staff members believed to have played the explicit music, possibly because those in charge aren't getting paid, either.

One pop culture commentator said he's not looking forward to the end of the shutdown, because airports will go back to playing Kenny G and Nickelback songs on repeat.