Wichita teen gives TSA agents free lunch amidst government shutdown

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Because of the government shutdown, 80 TSA agents, right here in Wichita, are not being paid, but a local youth is trying to pay it forward to show them her appreciation.

Aislynn Buckner is a teen who is always looking for ways to give back to her community. She says when she heard about local TSA workers not getting paid, she wanted to say thank you, through action.

It’s a picture 15-year-old Aislynn and her mother will never forget.

A special memory with people they didn’t know by name, but rather by their duty at Eisenhower National Airport. She says it was that job title that made them want to stop by.

“When I first realized that the government had been shutdown and that the TSAs in the airport weren’t getting paid, I thought maybe it would be nice to just get them lunch,” said Aislynn Buckner, Wichita.

Last Friday, Aislynn and her mother carried 20 pizzas into the airport along with six orders of bread sticks, donated by the Pizza Hut at Hillside and Central. Aislynn says it was the right thing to do.

“I just felt bad, I was like I got to do this, it just clicked in my mind,” said Aislynn.

It was a small gesture that they say, meant so much to the team.

“They were really excited,” said Aislynn.

“Some of these ladies were almost on the verge of tears, so Ace got a lot of handshakes, we did a lot of hugging,” said Amanda Buckner, Wichita.

Aislynn raised the funds for the lunch with the help of generous donors. Her mother hopes it can serve as an example for others.

“If a 15-year-old child can do this, imagine what a whole community could do,” said Amanda.

Aislynn is a 2018 Youth Ambassador for the LGBTQ community, so she has given back to the city in many other ways. She first started looking into the government shutdown because of her father, who is in the Air Force.

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