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Flights to LaGuardia delayed due to air traffic control staff shortage

Flights to LaGuardia delayed due to air traffic control staff shortage

As it has for several days, TSA added that many screeners say they can't report to work because of financial strain.

The delays appeared to be easing by Friday afternoon. Among them are more than 400,000 workers, including air traffic controllers, airport security workers and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, have been told they must continue to report into work because they are deemed essential. "You can't mess with a system that is so integral to the United States". He went on to say that policy disagreements over immigration could be worked out, but "the difference that's hard to resolve is a party and a president who believe in government shutdowns".

In a statement, the White House said President Trump has been briefed on the air travel issues and are "monitoring the ongoing delays at some airports".

"Planes have to keep flying. Some of this equipment may not be able to get serviced within the time frame it needs to which could lead to failures", said Fischer.

The White House had been meeting and communicating with transportation agencies including the Department of Transportation to discuss the impact of the shutdown on commercial aviation, information that contributed to Friday's deal to temporarily end the government shutdown, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the delays "horrendous" and said Trump "must give up his racist wall and Republicans in Congress must vote now to end this shutdown". The late-morning ground stop, ordered to clear congestion, has been lifted, the FAA reported.

LaGuardia has not commented on stopping incoming flights.

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

Paul Rinaldi, head of the Pilots Association, said the impact of a shortage of air traffic controllers due to the shutdown is already evident.

The FAA attributed the delays to "a slight increase in sick leave" and said that the effects on the aviation system were moderate. "As with severe storms, we will adjust operations to a safe rate to match available controller resources", FAA spokesman Gregory Martin wrote ABC News in an email earlier on Friday.

The 34-day government shutdown, which began on December 22, has affected hundreds of thousands of federal employees - including, according to the airline unions, air traffic controllers, air marshals, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers and FBI agents who work without pay.

The union heads called it "unconscionable" that their members were being forced to work for no pay "in an air safety environment that is deteriorating by the day".

"You can not continue to operate a system this complex for this long without the support structure of the people that are furloughed", Ms Gilbert added today. This is now leaving airports both understaffed and potentially open to danger. The reason is described as a shortage of flight traffic controllers at the airport. "We're concerned they're not fit for duty", she said.

DELAYED: Flight 3327 from Cleveland to NY 7:15 a.m. -10:30 a.m. That is more than double the number from a year ago.