FAA Orders Ground Stop at LaGuardia Due to 'Staffing Shortages'

Air Traffic Controllers Warn of 'Unprecedented' Safety Risk As Government Shutdown Continues

Pittsburgh International Airport says that so far three outbound flights, and four inbound flights have been delayed due to the staffing issues in LaGuardia.

The restrictions at LaGuardia were causing ripple effects at other airports with delays reported at Newark's Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

The FAA said in a statement that there's been a "slight increase in sick leave at two air traffic control facilities affecting NY and Florida".

"We are starting to see the breakdown of the system as a result of the shutdown", said one air traffic controller, who was not authorized to speak to the media.

At least five flights from New York-area airports to Jacksonville Interntional Airport showed delays. Atlanta, Miami and Orlando airports are also experiencing delays.

"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.

Scott Stephenson, an Oklahoma native, got a job as an Air Traffic Control Specialist at Capital Region International Airport in December 2018.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Donald Trump has been briefed on Friday morning's delays.

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

"After 35 days, the president and Republicans must end the shutdown, get federal employees like air traffic controllers paid and back to work, and then join Democrats for serious negotiations on border security".

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As the shutdown, which is already the longest in the nation's history, drags on, the impact in the nation's capital is visible. The unions argued that the government could not force employees deemed "essential" to work without pay during the shutdown .

The air traffic controllers union said that many of its members have been forced to take second jobs because they have gone unpaid for weeks and warned that the government shutdown has created an "unprecedented" risk to air travel.

Is it still safe to fly during the government shutdown? "The #TrumpShutdown has already pushed hundreds of thousands of Americans to the breaking point", tweeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"We are closely monitoring the situation on the East Coast today", Chicago Aviation Department spokeswoman Lauren Huffman said in an emailed statement.

"Controllers take their responsibility to protect the safety of the flying public at all costs very seriously".

In a statement, a United Airlines spokesman said the carrier was working with the FAA and airports to minimize the impact on flights and travelers.

TSA reports many workers can no longer handle the financial hardship of working without pay as the partial government shutdown drags on; Laura Ingle reports.

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

"They did not give a reason at all", Rizzuti said.

Flight delays are just one ancillary outcome of the shutdown that have affected air travel.

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