Airline unions see ‘unprecedented’ threat to traveler safety from shutdown

Volunteers distribute food to furloughed federal workers in Philadelphia

Volunteers distribute food to furloughed federal workers in Philadelphia

Flights arriving to and leaving from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are delayed following the Federal Aviation Administration's announcement Friday that it's stopping some flights into LaGuardia Airport in NY because of a shortage of TSA workers.

A lack of workers at an air-traffic control facility in the Washington area prompted the FAA to stop inbound flights Friday to LaGuardia, one of the nation's busiest transportation hubs.

CNN adds that flights are delayed at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Philadelphia International Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported "slight increase in sick leave" Friday at its air traffic control facilities in Jacksonville and D.C. that control high-altitude air traffic over seven states. "We remain grateful to the air traffic controllers, technicians and inspectors for their continued professionalism and dedication to their safety mission". Read Breitbart News Network's original report below.

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

Aviation union leaders issued a dire warning yesterday, urging the government to end the now 34-day shutdown immediately as they claim air-travel safety is "deteriorating by the day". In the case of air traffic control, about 60 other countries have de-politicized air traffic control, removing this vital function from the government budget by setting it up as a self-supporting corporate entity-generally either a government corporation or a nonprofit, private corporation.

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.

Trump's action would end what has become a record, 35-day partial shutdown. "Many controllers have reached the breaking point of exhaustion, stress, and worry caused by this shutdown". Each passing hour makes the situation worse, he said. Meanwhile, as the shutdown passed its one-month anniversary, thousands of unpaid TSA workers are engaging in a pseudo-picket of their own: As of Monday, 7.5 percent of TSA's 57,000 employees called out, compared to 3.3 percent on the same day in 2018.

FAA officials were working Friday to mitigate the staff shortage, they said. A TSA spokesman said other airports might also be getting additional help.

Arriving flights were delayed an average of 41 minutes and departures were experiencing delays between 15 and 29 minutes, the FAA said.

President Trump says he'll sign legislation shortly to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks - until February 15.

"Air traffic controllers take their responsibility to protect the safety of the flying public at all costs very seriously". The agency says that many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work due to financial limitations.

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