Flights delayed at major United States airports due to traffic controller shortage

Volunteers distribute food to furloughed federal workers in Philadelphia

According to the outlet, the FAA ground stopped all inbound flights at LGA - one of America's busiest airports - after too few employees showed up to work at an air-traffic control facility in the Washington, D.C. area that impacts traffic throughout the Northeast.

"We've mitigated the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft as needed". It's located in Leesburg, Virginia. That center handles air traffic on its way to and from the NY area and the Mid-Atlantic states.

President Donald Trump was informed of the situation.

"The President has been briefed and we are monitoring the ongoing delays at some airports".

CBS News reports that departures at LaGuardia are likely to be delayed all day.

"The shutdown hadn't affected me until now", the management consultant from Ann Arbor, Mich., tweeted. "I travel every week, and nothing surprises me".

Flights out of Philadelphia and Newark were also delayed owing to shortages. Air traffic controllers who spoke with TIME said they believed the staffing problems are related to the shutdown, and that the problem could worsen. It's unsafe, and we need to open the government, get them paid, get their support team there, our quality assurance people, our training teams, all of them there. In the case of air traffic control, about 60 other countries have de-politicized air traffic control, removing this vital function from the government budget by setting it up as a self-supporting corporate entity-generally either a government corporation or a nonprofit, private corporation.

Rinaldi added, however, that the union has warned about the possible effects of a long government shutdown.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Twitter that the shutdown is "pushing our airspace to the breaking point". "This is reckless, what has been going on with the shutdown".

The FAA did not indicate how many controllers are missing work. The airports with the longest average wait times were Atlanta with 42 minutes and Baltimore at 37 minutes.

Fliers can check delays at and they should check with airline carriers for more information.

Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump dismissed the struggles families are going through as just "a little bit of pain", adding, "this is so much bigger than any one person". The FAA continually reviews and analyzes its performance to assess its safety and efficiency. "It's starting to happen", said Chuck Banks, an FAA safety inspector in Florida.

"You can't mess with a system that is so integral to the United States", she told CNN Friday. "We have warned about what could happen as a result of the prolonged shutdown".

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop at the NY airport, citing staffing at an air traffic control facility in Washington.

A screen grab from a traveler's smartphone airline app shows a two-hour delay for the departure of their flight from LaGuardia Airport to Detroit on January 25, 2019.

President Trump says he'll sign legislation shortly to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks - until February 15.

Even before Friday, airline executives were warning about turbulence from the shutdown. Delta Air Lines Inc. said last week that the political standoff was costing it about $25 million a month.



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