Shutdown in the United States: pilots and air traffic controllers warned of the impending threat

Шатдаун в США: пилоты и авиадиспетчеры предупредили о надвигающейся угрозе

Unions representing air traffic controllers, pilots and flight attendants, issued a statement regarding the suspension of the government of the United States of America (shutdown).

The text of the relevant statement published on the website of the Association of flight attendants.

The appeal was made jointly by the National air traffic controllers Association (NATCA), the International pilots Association (ALPA) and the Association of flight attendants (AFA).

Thus, the Union said that the shutdown by the day increasingly threatens the safety of air travel, as reflected in the work of many civil servants. In particular, it relates to such units as: the Department for combating cybercrime, air traffic controllers, air marshals, airport staff, security and others.

“This is the longest government shutdown in United States history, and no end in sight. In our industry, risk-averse, we can’t even roughly estimate the level of existing risk and to predict the moment when the whole system collapses. This is unprecedented,” – said in a statement.

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It is noted that several major airports have already closed the checkpoints. Safety inspectors and Federal employees do not go to work, and those who work, perform their functions free of charge. According to The New York Times, every tenth employee of airport security is to work.

In addition, nearly 20% of certified air traffic controllers are eligible to retire, and if decide to do it, the work of the aviation industry in the United States will be seriously affected.

“We urge Congress and the White house to take all necessary measures to immediately stop the shutdown”, – reads the statement of the trade unions.

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