Jan. 25, 2019 Staff Report
Federal officials reported this morning that flights into and out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport are delayed.
LaGuardia attributed the problem to a shortage of workers “at FAA air traffic control centers along the East Coast.”
The announcement comes in the midst of the government shutdown, the longest in the nation’s history at 34 days so far. Workers for the Transportation Security Administration are considered essential federal employees, so they have to work without pay during the shutdown. However, the shutdown is taking its toll.
“We have experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two facilities,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. “We’ve mitigated the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft when needed. The results have been minimal impacts to efficiency while maintaining consistent levels of safety in the national airspace system.”
— The FAA (@FAANews) January 25, 2019