Longest Government Shutdown In History To End, President Announces Short Term Deal

Longest Government Shutdown In History To End, President Announces Short Term Deal

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.

Air traffic was being delayed at LaGuardia airport in New York, Philadelphia global airport and Newark Liberty worldwide airport in New Jersey, according to the FAA's website.

All flights destined to LaGuardia are now experiencing delays averaging 41 minutes, the FAA said on its website.

FAA spokesman Gregory Martin told the Associated Press that it had augmented staffing, rerouted traffic and increased spacing between planes as needed.

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. About 420,000 of them, including the air traffic controllers, were considered "essential" and were ordered to go to work despite not receiving regular paychecks.

The flight delays come one day after JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes warned that the aviation system was nearing a "tipping point" due to the government shutdown, which is now in its 35th day.

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Ocon, who is considered non-essential and has not been working during the shutdown himself, added that despite their lack of pay, many controllers are working overtime hours, taking away time they might otherwise use to find alternative income and worsening the relative pain of a missed paycheck.

There are reports of cascading delays at other airports related to the staffing shortage as well.

"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.

"This is anything but a sick out - it is only about our safety and the air traffic controllers' absolute commitment to it", the union said. The airports with the longest average wait times were Atlanta with 42 minutes and Baltimore at 37 minutes. TSA would not reveal callout rates for individual airports.

An electronic paystub dated January 5, 2019, for an air-traffic controller at Reagan National Airport shows a net payment of $0.00.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) halted arrivals for almost an hour at New York's LaGuardia Airport shortly before 10:00 (15:00 GMT). When is Congress going to get serious about fixing this very serious problem?

"There are locations where FAA engineers have quit, TSA agents have quit, air traffic controllers have quit".

"We just continue to watch this very closely, but there's only so much that we can do", Caruso said.

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