Update on air-travel delays created by the U.S. government shutdown, and how to deal with them

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The partial government shutdown that began on Dec. 22 has surpassed the previous 21-day record for the longest government closure in history, and President Trump said Friday that the shutdown might drag on for “months or even years,” Air travelers are bracing for increasing problems as the shutdown continues. Transportation Security Administration screeners are the ones we notice most, going though security checks. But Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, and air traffic controllers are also among the more than 400,000 essential federal workers who are working without pay, reports Lea Lane for Forbes.

Jan 14th, 2019
Update on air-travel delays created by the U.S. government shutdown, and how to deal with them
Update on air-travel delays created by the U.S. government shutdown, and how to deal with them
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The partial government shutdown that began on Dec. 22 has surpassed the previous 21-day record for the longest government closure in history, and President Trump said Friday that the shutdown might drag on for “months or even years,” Air travelers are bracing for increasing problems as the shutdown continues. Transportation Security Administration screeners are the ones we notice most, going though security checks. But Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, and air traffic controllers are also among the more than 400,000 essential federal workers who are working without pay, reports Lea Lane for Forbes.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

January 14, 2019-Now officially the longest government shutdown in U.S. government history, concerns of labor - including air traffic controllers and TSA officers - are causing issues for air travelers across America. This piece by Lea Lane for Forbes provides an update as to where we are as we enter the shutdown's fourth week and some practical advice for air travelers.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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