Airline safety at risk as government shutdown continues

Airline safety at risk as government shutdown continues

Airline safety at risk as government shutdown continues

The comments came just hours after a ground stop was issued for New York's LaGuardia Airport due to staffing shortages. Flights at Washington's Reagan National, Newark Liberty International and Philadelphia International airports were also delayed Friday. Flights were also reportedly delayed in Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Jacksonville.

"The President has been briefed and we are monitoring the ongoing delays at some airports", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Air traffic controllers have worked more than a month without pay - and union leaders fear a mass exodus will put travelers at risk and cripple the airline industry.

In my 1st speech on the Floor, I warned about shutdown stress on NYC air traffic control.

A bill that would have re-opened the government and provided money for President Donald Trump's border wall failed in the US Senate Thursday.

"We've mitigated the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft as needed", the FAA said.

The FAA's announcement comes on day 35 of the USA partial government shutdown, which has now become the longest in the country's history.

Aviation unions are right to call attention to possibly increased risks to aviation safety (air traffic control) and security (checkpoint screening) due to controllers and screeners going for long periods without pay. The notice, which was obtained by Gothamist and confirmed by three controllers, stated that they would now receive pay for any sick or vacation days they take during the shutdown. "We are in regular contact with officials at the Department of Transportation and the FAA", she said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. "Each hour that goes by that the shutdown continues makes the situation worse".

"We advise passengers to please check with your airline before coming to the airport to get the latest on your delay, so you're not waiting at the airport extra time", he said.

Bloomberg's Conor Sen argued that the flight stoppage and delays shows that "we've finally hit a pain point in the government shutdown that will bring about either legislation to end the shutdown or a crisis that impacts far more than the federal employees who have so far borne the brunt of the shutdown". "We were already short-handed in all areas".

Flight delays are just one ancillary outcome of the shutdown that have affected air travel.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had the second-longest wait time, of 19 minutes. The agency says that many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work due to financial limitations.

Even before the shutdown, the FAA had identified the busy Northeast corridor as a priority for improving its air traffic control infrastructure, targeting the region for planned improvements in communications procedures and efficient runway operations.

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