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Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots, Flight Attendants Issue Scary Warning About Air Safety

Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots, Flight Attendants Issue Scary Warning About Air Safety

"We have experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two facilities", a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

The LaGuardia delay, which was scheduled to last until 10:45am ET, according to the FAA website, resulted in flights being grounded for an average of 41 minutes.

The White House said Trump had been briefed on the delays and was monitoring the situation at the airports.

At LaGuardia, the FAA said it was bringing in extra staff, increasing spacing between aircraft and rerouting traffic, but warned of delays for arriving flights of almost 90 minutes.

The White House was concerned about the economic impact of a significant disruption within the national airspace system, including the commerce it supports, the source said.

The union that represents air traffic controllers sounded the alarm in a statement released Friday, expressing their concerns over air safety and working conditions amid the government shutdown.

The shutdown has meant some federal staff, like air traffic controllers, have been working without pay.

Louis Di Paolo, a former Dumont councilman, said his JetBlue flight from Newark to West Palm Beach was among those delayed Friday morning. The agency says that many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work due to financial limitations.

Sarah Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, said this increases the risks to passengers.

President Donald Trump announced on Friday afternoon that a deal has been reached to reopen the government for three weeks and pay workers.

"In this spirit, we urge that the federal government be reopened before shutdown impacts begin to escalate".

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote a letter to Trump earlier Friday saying the shutdown is impacting safety and security at airports and putting travellers at risk.

The Federal Aviation Administration said ground delays remained in effect at La Guardia, the NY region's third-largest airport, while the airport in Atlanta, one of the world's busiest, is at Code Red, with flight delays of one hour.

The Federal Aviation Administration is seeing delayed flights at LaGuardia Airport in NY because of a shortage of air traffic control and TSA workers.

In total about 800,000 federal employees have been working without pay, or have been temporarily laid off, since funding to areas of the government halted 35 days ago.

Indeed, such a walkout has happened before: In 1981, nearly 13,000 air-traffic controllers picketed after talks between the union and the Federal Aviation Administration broke down. "The #TrumpShutdown has already pushed hundreds of thousands of Americans to the breaking point", tweeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "We remind customers to check their flight's status. before going to the airport", Mr. Fitzpatrick said by e-mail. According to CBC, the FAA is also delaying flights into Newark and Philadelphia.


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