Shutdown causes delays at airports

Air Traffic Controllers Warn of 'Unprecedented' Safety Risk As Government Shutdown Continues

On the 35th day of President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's shutdown of the federal government a shortage of FAA air traffic controllers is causing flights at three of the nation's top airports to be delayed, halted, or re-routed.

Flights arriving into LaGuardia Airport were delayed by about 41 minutes as of 10:15 a.m. EST and gate hold and taxi delays were between 15 and 29 minutes, although FAA said it was decreasing.

The letter was sent shortly before the FAA announced LaGuardia Airport in NY and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey were both experiencing delays in takeoffs due to staffing problems at two air traffic control facilities.

A staffing shortage also was reported at a facility overseeing air traffic in Jacksonville, Florida, according to an FAA website.

Flights from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to LaGuardia are delayed.

About 420,000 government employees, including air traffic controllers and TSA agents, have been working without pay; another 380,000 are furloughed.

"This is anything but a sick out - it is only about our safety and the air traffic controllers' absolute commitment to it", Nelson added.

The Trump administration has largely dismissed the pain felt by hundreds of thousands of workers and their families as the president insists he won't sign any funding bill that does not include $5.7 billion for his proposed border wall.

A security guard at the Hilliard Air Traffic Control Center told News4Jax the facility was "fully staffed" on Friday.

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The FAA also has frozen its hiring and training for new air traffic controllers, which the unions say will create a hiccup in staffing when the government finally reopens.

The news comes just two days after unions representing air traffic controllers, pilots and flight attendants expressed their "growing concern" for safety amid the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Congressional legislation requires federal employees to get back pay once the shutdown is over.

Wang Ying Xinhua News Agency/NewscomEmployees of the American aviation industry warned this week that the government shutdown poses "unprecedented" risks for air travel in the United States. "We are in regular contact with officials at the Department of Transportation and the FAA", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had the second-longest wait time, of 19 minutes.

Insisting airport staff are now at breaking point, Rinaldi added: 'I don't know when a system gets to that critical mass, but when you take away equipment that helps us see that a plane is on the appropriate runway, that's risk in the system.

And now that staffing crisis will continue even well after the government opens.

"Controllers take their responsibility to protect the safety of the flying public at all costs very seriously".

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