US shutdown puts air safety at risk

2013-10-04 14:26
The US government shutdown is putting a damper on travel plans and raising red flags around safety concerns within the aviation industry. reveals the shutdown has not only forced the temporary closure of several National Park Service-run landmarks and national museums, but nearly one-third of the Federal Aviation Administration has been put on special leave due to the economic-based political standoff.  This includes 3 000 aviation safety inspectors responsible for ensuring that airlines maintain safely functioning planes and adhere to federal regulations are not at work.

A spokesperson for the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists Union said these inspectors are the ones who test and check the little things, ensuring they are corrected or fixed before the planes take off.

Due to the shutdown airlines are assuming responsibility for these safety checks. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said there should be no noticeable difference to air traffic control operations but if the furlough continued for much longer it would begin to recall specific employees in the best interest of passenger safety.
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