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US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

Among the more than 400,000 federal workers who are working without pay are employees who have a direct involvement in aviation and air travel: TSA screeners, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, and air traffic controllers. With the shutdown reaching its 21st day Friday, "we think those standards are under duress", Willis said. Many workers have been furloughed, whereas some remain on the job without pay.

The Canada Border Service Agency said while some of the Nexus enrolment centres in Canada are open and completing the Canadian portion of the enrolment process, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection was not processing applications because of the shutdown.

In a wave of what one federal official has dubbed as the "blue flu"- a nod to the blue shirts worn by TSA officers - hundreds of TSA screeners at at least four major airports have called out from their shifts since the shutdown began in December.

TSA Federal Security Director for Tennessee Stephen Wood said job hunters at the event like Paders didn't really inquire about the shutdown, which has left 51,000 of the administration's transportation-security officers working without pay because they are deemed essential employees.

The partial shutdown of the USA government could have serious consequences for air safety, according to unions representing aviation workers, which are calling for an immediate resolution to the budgetary stalemate.

Economists at S&P Global said the shutdown has cost the US economy $3.6 billion so far.

The National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NACTA) meanwhile slammed the crisis, saying it was making hard conditions even worse for its 20,000 members.

Carl said ongoing investigations have been put on hold by the shutdown.

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With no end in sight for the partial federal government shut down, TSA employees missed their first paycheck on Friday.

- Federal employees in the Bay Area are feeling the pinch of the shutdown by not receiving their paychecks.

While screening times have stayed relatively consistent nationally, sick calls climbed higher on Saturday - up 70 percent from the same day a year ago.

The longest shutdown in USA history started after President Donald Trump refused to back off a demand for $5.7 billion for his long-promised border wall.

Lines at the nation's airports have been normal, Bilello said.

Gayzagian is acting president of The American Federation of Government employees, which represents TSA workers.

Travellers wait near a closed down terminal at the Miami International Airport. To meet all safety critical functions, the FAA says it is allocating resources based on risk assessment.

"The system is safe and will continue to be safe".


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