Posted By RichC on January 25, 2019
As more and more federal employees decide they aren’t going to continue to work without a paycheck, the focus has shifted to the unpaid in the Coast Guard, TSA and Air Traffic Control. Air travel has now moved front and center as the “shutdown-standoff” continues (the Senate is at least negotiating).
Flyers are feeling it in larger airports where the TSA worker shortage has been slowing down commercial aviation and irritating travelers. The thought of screeners being overworked and not paying attention leads me to think about other safety issues — close calls with drones and a bird-like strike of a wing of an aircraft. Sooner or later one is going to make contact.
No matter who in the Federal government you blame – President Trump, Speaker Pelosi or a combination of our elected leaders – their unwillingness to work together and negotiate is frustrating (its a debate that has very little to do with border security and everything to do with politics). I wonder that with the focus on our southern border and the felons, human traffickers, drug smugglers and terrorist crossing the border mixed with illegals from Central America and Mexico just seeking a better life, what about our lax security in other areas due to the shutdown?