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Possible US Government shutdown

Buffalo, New York
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Possible US Government shutdown

I am flying next Tuesday. Should I be worried about the threatened shutdown of our government? Could it affect air travel?

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Liverpool, UK
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Buffalo, New York
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thanks for the reassurance. RJ=regional jet--got it.

Fortaleza, CE
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Should know by Monday who would be declared essential and when layoffs, if any, would take effect. Air traffic controllers should be declared "essential," so little or no effect there. The number of Immigration and Customs agents available could possibly be affected (as they were during the recent sequestration), so delays could be longer than usual. During the sequestration, I think some flights were canceled. Delays varied widely by airport. I'd guess that if there are effects, most would not take effect until Tuesday, but I have no inside information.

Edited: 4:57 pm, September 27, 2013
Coffs Harbour...
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When i read this headline I thought someone was kidding! And we think third world government systems are inept.......

Mount Dora, Florida
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We are traveling Monday as well. I am quite sure that after the problem that happened with closing airports during sequestration they will decide that air traffic controllers are essential employees. I am a bit concerned that they might reduce the TSA staff, so I am planning to arrive at the airport a bit early.

I do agree that our headlines read like a third world nation, and the situation is beyond embarrassing.

Liverpool, UK
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This might provide some background for non US members - I recall something similar several years ago when I was unable to visit some National Parks as they were closed as part of a shutdown although air traffic control is expected to be considered essential.


Worthing, United...
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I just had to look up 'sequestration' and it means budget cuts.

If it's anything like the cuts were having over here then they will be directed at those who are to weak and isolated to complain, the sick, the elderly, the infirm , children and anyone else who is vulnerable.

With Air Travel maybe they will just follow the UK's lead and tax it to the hilt.


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