The Intelligent Aerospace take:
January 25, 2019-Now into the second month of the partial government shutdown, essential federal employees like TSA agents and air traffic controllers have now missed their second paycheck despite ostensibly working full-time. Air traffic controllers, who already facing staffing shortages, are working up to 60 hours a week in six 10-hour shifts to keep America's air traffic moving.
In addition to the long unpaid hours, Paul M. Rinaldi, the president of the air traffic controllers' union, said he was “starting to see routine mistakes in clearances being made because controllers are distracted.”
While technology has made air travel much safer than previous eras, the human element must be accounted for to ensure passengers and cargo to get where they are going.
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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