- The federal government shutdown resulted in delays at major US airports on Friday due to a shortage of Federal Aviation Administration air-traffic controllers.
- The shortages have affected travellers going to or coming from Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
- People on Twitter expressed frustration at Friday’s delays and the ongoing shutdown.
The federal government shutdown resulted in delays at major US airports on Friday due to a shortage of Federal Aviation Administration air-traffic controllers.
The shortages have affected travellers going to or coming from Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
The FAA said in a statement that there was a “slight increase” in the number of workers calling out sick at two facilities responsible for coordinating traffic along much of the East Coast: Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, Virginia, and Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center in Hilliard, Florida.
“We are mitigating the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft when needed,” the agency said.
Friday is the 35th day of the partial federal government shutdown, the longest in US history. Over 800,000 federal workers have missed their second consecutive paycheck, and some who perform what are classified as essential functions, like managing air traffic and performing security checks at airports, have been required to work without pay. Such workers are eligible to receive back pay when the government reopens.
People on Twitter expressed frustration at Friday’s delays and the ongoing shutdown:
Got a ride to airport by a furloughed worker driving to make ends meat. Then my flights delayed bc of shutdown. Just another day in America.
— David Grann (@DavidGrann) January 25, 2019
As I sit in LaGuardia trying to get to Chicago with my flight delayed over an hour this KILLS me #EndTheShutdownNow
— Andy (@p0rfavor) January 25, 2019
Donald Trumps government shutdown has my dads flight delayed from lack of staff and i cant believe this is actually America rn
— Jessie Rae (@JessieJ_rae) January 25, 2019
my flight home is delayed bc of the fucking gov’t shutdown this is all ur fault @realDonaldTrump fuck u and ur dumbass wall
— cailin???? (@cccailin) January 25, 2019
— Matt (@matt_trulli) January 25, 2019
Pussy boy @realDonalTrunp making my flight delayed
Building a “wall” childish asf
— RJ THE GOAT ???? (@RONNYJLISTENUP) January 25, 2019
Sitting on runway delayed, flight will take half hour longer because of longer/different route, and MY TV DOESN’T WORK on the Jet Blue. The shutdown is real, bruh. ????????♂️ pic.twitter.com/AJTJOrihz6
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) January 25, 2019
- Read more about the federal government shutdown:
- There are no NTSB investigators to look into plane crashes and highway accidents because they have been sent home during the government shutdown
- TSA workers are reportedly living in their cars and not taking medicine because they can’t afford it
- Unpaid TSA workers are ‘trying not to panic’ as bills stack up
- Delta can’t put its new Airbus jets into service because FAA inspectors have been sent home during the government shutdown
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