FAA Temporarily Halts Some Flights into LaGuardia, Citing Shutdown, Staff Shortages

Friday is the 35th day of the government shutdown. On Wednesday, air traffic controllers, who are considered essential employees, received a union directive clarifying what that bill means for them. "In this spirit, we urge that the federal government be reopened before shutdown impacts begin to escalate". "Now with the government about to reopen, Democrats and Republicans can discuss ways to effectively secure the border instead of building a wall that security experts say won't work".

"Over the next three weeks, the president and Congress will have an opportunity to craft a workable solution". Controllers prioritize safety, they said, and can only handle so much traffic at one time.

Until the government opens back up, the Stephensons' said they aren't sure if Scott will even get back pay.

"While we are sounding the alarm unfortunately we have the front seat to watching this unravel and crumble and we need somebody to hear and listen", said Daniels.

"We are starting to see routine mistakes in clearances" for aircraft, Rinaldi said, due to fatigue among the controllers who are working longer hours, and without pay. This politically-motivated and extremely hurtful shutdown has harmed millions of Americans and West Virginians.

"The Trump Shutdown has claimed more victims: some of our nation's busiest airports", Congresswoman Nita Lowey wrote in an email.

"This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 41 minutes".

While Delta flights between Bangor and LaGuardia have been listed as delayed, airlines hadn't listed major delays on flights to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Philadelphia International Airport - two other major airports where travelers are experiencing delays - as of noon Friday.

"We are not confident that system-wide analyses of safety reporting data, which is used to identify and implement corrective actions in order to reduce risks and prevent accidents, is 100 percent operational due to reduced FAA resources".

The result was "minimal impacts to efficiency" while maintaining safety, Martin said.

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

Update - 10:45 a.m. EST: The FAA will allow flights into New York City's LaGuardia Airport after issuing a halt earlier Friday morning.

A ground stop has been ordered at LaGuardia Airport due to staffing issues, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.

"So, right now, we're seeing delays on the majority of our flights going in and out of LaGuardia here to Pitt".

"It was supposed to set out at 9:02 so we were delayed over an hour and a half", Di Paola said in a message to NJ Advance Media while his flight was en route to Florida.

Southwest Airlines Co. said it lost out on as much as $15 million in sales this month because of the shutdown, and CEO Gary Kelly called the closing "maddening".

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