Aviation Workers Caution Another Shutdown Could Affect Holiday Travel

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Among other things the partial government shutdown affected aviation security, though, fears of another shutdown have eased fears of security problems have not NPR's David Schaper reports throughout the reason. Five week partial government shutdown air, traffic controllers continued to work without getting paid until day thirty five that's when a handful of controllers called in is unable to work at two east coast air traffic control facilities short the FAA had dramatically slow air traffic in the heavily congested northeastern US airspace. Grounding planes at New York's LaGuardia and other airports lengthy flight delays and cancellations mounted and within a few hours, President Trump and congress finally ended the shutdown but only for three weeks. This is all just abysmally stupid. Oregon democrat Peter defazio chairs the house transportation committee. It's absolutely absurd to think that we're going to allow another shutdown of air, traffic control and the. FAA defazio wants to insulate the FAA and keep its employees working and paid during a shutdown. We collect the tax every day and that tax was collected every day during the shutdown and went into the airport and airway trust fund, we should just allow the agency to draw on that trust fund and never shut down. Again, depaz you'll has a Bill to do just that. And his committee is holding a hearing on today, but the legislation cannot become on time to prevent another possible shutdown this weekend, and that's raising safety concerns. Again. Mike Perron is president of the union representing airplane inspectors, safety technicians and other regulators every day that goes by that people are not working doing their jobs or doing on a stressful conditions, the possibility of safety being eroded is definitely there. And if airline crews believe safety is compromised, they won't fly says Sarah Nelson of the association of flight attendants flight attendants are going to watch very carefully. And we are not going to come to work in an unsafe system. The flight attendants and other unions are planning rallies in the coming days in hopes of increasing pressure to avert another shutdown. David Schaper, NPR news. This message comes from NPR sponsor. Comcast business. Business has always been driven by innovators. That's why Comcast business is helping you with technology that provides better experiences. Comcast business beyond fast.

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