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Major airports seeing delayed flights due to staffing issues

Major airports seeing delayed flights due to staffing issues

The urgency was made plain Friday as flight delays rippled across parts of the eastern United States due to staffing shortages in airports where employees, including air traffic controllers, have been ordered to work without pay.

"It is unprecedented", the air traffic controllers, pilots, and flight attendants unions said in a joint statement on Wednesday, Time reported. Some arriving flights are also being delayed; the FAA reports an average of 41 minute delays for LaGuardia-bound flights out of Newark International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

Atlanta, Miami and Orlando airports are also experiencing delays.

The organization says that they're working to mitigate the impact by rerouting traffic and increasing the space between aircrafts as necessary.

The result was "minimal impacts to efficiency" while maintaining safety, Martin said. About 420,000 government employees including air traffic controllers and TSA agents are working without pay; another 380,000 are furloughed.

At Pearson airport in Toronto, at least 12 flights to the U.S by Air Canada, American, West Jet, and Delta were delayed by noon Friday, and another 7 cancelled.

"What we're seeing is people having to make hard decisions after getting no paycheck this week", Paul Rinaldi, the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said in an interview with CBS News Thursday.

"We advise passengers to please check with your airline before coming to the airport to get the latest on your delay, so you're not waiting at the airport extra time", he said.

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

Democrats in the House are demanding that the government be reopened before negotiating with Trump on border security.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights destined for New York's LaGuardia Airport on Friday morning before lifting it about an hour later.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday morning that some flights in and out of New York's LaGuardia airport were halted, and there are delays at airports in Philadelphia and Newark, N.J., due to an increase in the number of employees staying home.

Since airline workers are considered essential, they will continue to work without pay until the shutdown can end. Control towers and centers were understaffed before the shutdown, he said, and the shutdown is only making matters worse.

Aviation unions are right to call attention to possibly increased risks to aviation safety (air traffic control) and security (checkpoint screening) due to controllers and screeners going for long periods without pay. "Now it's pushing our airspace to the breaking point too".

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said in a statement that airport safety workers "have been doing unbelievably heroic work even as they are betrayed by the government that employs them".


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