A Federal Government Shutdown Will Likely Make Flying More Hellish Than Normal

Photo: Tim Boyle / Staff (Getty Images)
Photo: Tim Boyle / Staff (Getty Images)

If there’s one thing Republicans love, it’s shutting down the government. Sure, that means temporarily leaving hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors without paychecks, hurting the economy, and generally creating an all-around hassle for millions of people, but apparently, it’s worth it if it means they get to shout about how being gay should be illegal, and the government should control what clothes people wear. For those who don’t work for the federal government, one of the biggest frustrations will likely be related to air travel.

But while it’s normal for air travel to be interrupted during a government shutdown, Yahoo Finance reports that this time around, it will likely be worse than it has been in the past. That’s because the deadline for making a deal that would avert a shutdown also lands on the last day for Congress to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. The pro-airline lobbyist group Airlines for America told Yahoo Finance that the shutdown “could lead to flight delays for travelers and cargo shipments, longer screening lines,” and would have further reaching effects such as putting a pause on the training of new air traffic controllers.

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