Airline safety on passengers' minds during government shutdown

January 23, 2019 06:16 PM

COLONIE - It's now more than a month since hundreds of thousands of federal employees have gotten a paycheck. That got NewsChannel 13 wondering if airline passengers still feel safe given the added stress in the lives of air traffic controllers.

The issue is definitely on passengers' minds. Some passengers say it's very difficult not to think about it.

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Albany International Airport spokesperson Doug Myers says there has been no disruption of service in Albany since the shutdown began three days before Christmas and the absentee rate involving TSA workers and air traffic controllers in Albany has not exceeded the normal rate for this time of year.

However, Andrew Pegler, the president of the Albany Air Traffic Control Union says his crew is definitely feeling the financial squeeze. Many of his staff members have told him they're seeking other employment because they simply need the money.


WNYT Staff

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