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Several Airports Delayed Due To Staffing Issues As Gov Shutdown Continues

January 25, 2019 - 9:48 am

DALLAS (1080 KRLD/AP) - Hundreds of flights have been delayed at airports across the country due to staffing issues as the government shutdown continues.

Airports in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia are reporting delays due to shutdown issues.

The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting delays in air travel because of a “slight increase in sick leave” at two East Coast air traffic control facilities.

The FAA has ordered a full ground stop at LaGuardia airport.

In North Texas, three North Texas air traffic controllers have reportedly resigned, and a fourth in training has quit, over the continued government shutdown.

Today marks the second time this month the government has not made it's payroll for thousands of workers. The president of the North Texas union that represents TSA security screeners says some may decide to quit this weekend, meaning there could be longer lines starting Sunday night.

FAA spokesman Gregory Martin said Friday that it had augmented staffing, rerouted traffic and increased spacing between planes as needed.

The staffing problems were at air traffic centers in Jacksonville, Florida and a Washington D.C. center that controls high-altitude air traffic over seven states.

Martin says safety is being maintained during a period of “minimal impacts” on travel.

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