North Texas-Based Air Traffic Controllers Resign Over Government Shutdown

Representatives from the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, which oversees LaGuardia and Newark airports, as well as Philadelphia International Airport, also did not immediately return a request for comment.

Trump spoke at the White House on Friday as intensifying delays at some of the nation's busiest airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to break the impasse.

Newark, meanwhile, continues experiencing gate holds and traffic delays averaging between 46 minutes and one hour, and the length is increasing the FAA said late Friday morning.

"In our risk averse industry, we can not even calculate the level of risk now at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break", the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Air Line Pilots Association, and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA said in a joint release.

The shutdown has meant some federal staff, like air traffic controllers, have been working without pay.

In Boston, several flights to and from LaGuardia were delayed Friday morning. "This is a most unfortunate situation that our [air traffic control] partners find themselves in and it's our hope that the parties involved can resolve the situation as quickly as possible", Ms. Stewart said. The delays are expected to range from 30 minutes to about an hour, according to an official site that lists major flight delay information.

President Donald Trump (left) initiated the shutdown until congress acquiesces to his $5.7 billion border security plan.

President Trump says he'll sign legislation shortly to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks - until February 15.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote a letter to Trump earlier Friday saying the shutdown is impacting safety and security at airports and putting travellers at risk.

WTSP-Channel 10 in Tampa reported, "According to CBS News, there is a ground stop at LaGuardia and delays at Newark, Philadelphia and Tampa due to staff shortages at air traffic control centers in Washington and Jacksonville that regulate planes flying at higher altitudes between airports".

LaGuardia has not commented on stopping incoming flights.

On Friday, the Association of Flight Attendants issued a blistering statement in response to the delays. A representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), the controllers' union, also did not immediately return a request for comment.

He has asked aides whether Transportation Security Administration and Federal Aviation Administration workers are breaking laws by calling out sick, likening it to the air traffic controllers strike during the Reagan administration.

Delta has said it will lose $25 million this month because of the shutdown, which has grounded many federal employees and contractors. Flights into the airport have been halted.

Until the government opens back up, the Stephensons' said they aren't sure if Scott will even get back pay.

  • David Armstrong