Twenty-five Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents who completed enhanced training at Miami International Airport face an uncertain future with automatic budget cuts taking place March 1.
The new TSA agents graduated during a ceremony Wednesday.
"There has been quite a bit of conversation in terns of the potential and the scenarios that may be playing out, but we're still hopeful," said Dr. Jose Vicente with Miami-Dade College.
"I think all of us hope there will be a resolution and that everybody will be able to continue doing their job," said Howard Goldman with the TSA.
If Congress fails to come up with an alternative plan by Friday's deadline, the federal government will be forced to slash its budget by $1.2 trillion over the next decade with $85 billion being cut in the next seven months alone.
The TSA plans to freeze hiring before implementing furloughs. Federal money also pays for air traffic control and customs.
"If we lose them, of course it's going to hurt us, but I think at this moment it's scare tactics," said Angelika Angino, who arrived at MIA from Boston Wednesday.
"We all live by budgets (but) they don't," said another woman.
Cuts would also affect elderly care, health care, and education throughout Florida. Gov. Rick Scott wrote a letter to President Barack Obama saying: "If your administration fails to do its job to responsibly manage the budget, thousands of Floridians will lose their jobs."