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Sky High Stress-Fest: How an Air Travel Shutdown Could Impact You

A government shutdown could really put a strain on the air travel system and its passengers. With uncertain budget limitations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are still expected to provide the same level of service to the traveling public. Those working in the air transportation industry have been concerned about the potential impacts of a government shutdown on air travel.

The threat of a government shutdown has been a subject of debate for months, with no guarantees on how airline services would be affected. With budget constraints, the FAA could be forced to reduce air traffic controllers, airports would have to operate with reduced staff, and the TSA could be drastically affected, resulting in longer lines for screening passengers.

Air travelers have already expressed worries about how a potential government shutdown would impact their travel plans. If FAA and TSA services are suddenly reduced due to an impasse in budgeting, it could cause a disruption in services, resulting in delayed and cancelled flights, lost baggage, and interminable airport security lines.

Fortunately, Congress recently passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which will fund the government through September 30th of this year. This will alleviate the pressure of a potential government shutdown, at least in the near-term. But it does not alleviate the longer-term concerns of how the government’s budget limitations will impact the air travel industry.

The air travel system is highly complex and interconnected, and any disruption can cause ripple effects across the entire system. If a government shutdown were to occur, the effects could go beyond just delays and cancellations. Airports could experience overcrowding, safety issues, and financial loss, all of which would further complicate air travel.

For now, travelers can be thankful that Congress has taken steps to avoid a government shutdown. But it is important for the government to continue to work collaboratively to fund aviation and security services so that everyone involved in air travel can continue to do business without interruption.

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