United States aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

TSA Workers Are Now Quitting Because of the Government Shutdown Union SaysMore

Even before the shutdown, controllers have been working six-day weeks and 10-hour days at numerous country's busiest airports, NACTA's president Paul Rinaldi said, adding: "This staffing crisis is negatively affecting the National Airspace System, and the shutdown nearly certainly will make a bad situation worse".

If a significant number of controllers missed work, the Federal Aviation Administration could be forced to extend the amount of time between takeoffs and landings, which could delay travel, it said. "If the staffing shortage gets worse, we will see reduced capacity in the National Airspace System, meaning more flight delays", Rinaldi said.

"Our inspectors are the oversight, they are the regulatory side of the house for the FAA", said Mike Perrone, president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union.

"You go to work expecting to get paid", said TSA officer Mike Gayzagian. After 1 p.m., however, passengers will be unable to access any part of the terminal beyond the security checkpoint, including gates, restaurants, and shops. "If not for the shutdown, NATCA members would have begun to receive direct deposit of their pay into their accounts as of this morning". For employees, the consequences are getting real as they're about to miss their first paycheck on Friday.

USA airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay have been warning that security and safety could be compromised if the government shutdown continues, but the Trump administration said on Wednesday that staffing is adequate and travelers have not faced unusual delays. Funding to keep the government open ran out when Congress couldn't come to an agreement on President Trump's demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the southern border.

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Tampa International Airport is working with different agencies to set up a food pantry, get bus passes and work with utilities to help hundreds of federal employees who may be struggling to pay bills.

Other major airports surveyed by The Associated Press said they had no immediate plans to close terminals or take other drastic measures. Chin said G was chosen because it's the slowest concourse at MIA. That's about 3 percent of the roughly 450 flights that depart each day.

And, up until a few days ago, many agents have powered through the shutdown.

"It is completely unacceptable that the women and men who risk their lives safeguarding our airports are still required to report for work without knowing when they'll be paid again", AFGE national president J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement.

The terminal serves United Airlines along with smaller carriers Aruba Airlines, Bahamasair, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country.

Much of the media attention has focused on potential snarls at airport checkpoints, but the shutdown's impact on travel could manifest itself in numerous ways.

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