FAA Orders Ground Stop at LaGuardia Due to 'Staffing Shortages'

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Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) (L), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (C) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) hold a press conference about a bipartisan solution after the failure of both competing Republican and Democratic proposals to end the partial government shutdown in back to back votes on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2019.

On Wednesday, 7.5 percent of USA airport security officers were off the job, more than double the 3 percent rate on the same day a year earlier, the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement.

Martin said Friday that it had augmented staffing, rerouted traffic and increased spacing between planes as needed. It's located in Leesburg, Virginia.

Martin says safety is being maintained during a period of "minimal impacts" on travel.

He told reporters at the White House Thursday the country has no choice but to build a wall to keep out what he says is a "virtual invasion" by criminals, human traffickers, and drugs. Atlanta, Miami and Orlando airports are also experiencing delays. "We are in regular contact with officials at the Department of Transportation and the FAA".

Find more information on incoming and outgoing flights from Cleveland here. "I travel every week, and nothing surprises me".

Hours later, Mr Trump announced a deal to fund the government and lift the shutdown temporarily.

"I assume it has primarily to do with the stress with not only the nature of their work but having to do all of that while not being paid", Drake said of air traffic controllers' absences.

Union President Paul Rinaldi said Friday that the union does not condone a coordinated action that would reduce the capacity of the nation's airspace.

The bigger concern is air traffic controllers - the people in charge of making sure your plane takes off and lands safely.

The move came as the U.S. government shutdown entered its 35th day, now the longest in United States history.

Six out of 13 controllers scheduled to work in the DC area center called out today, aviation officials told ABC News. Roughly 380,000 federal workers have been furloughed and 420,000 are working without pay ー they missed their second paycheck on Friday.

CLEVELAND- Two unions picketed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Friday morning.

TSA has been moving agents to airports where there are shortages, and occasionally consolidating checkpoints, to prevent lines from getting too long. "It is only going to get much, much worse". "We are already short-staffed".

"We don't know what the exact breaking point is for the people who are just holding this together with sheer will power", Nelson said. "My heart is beating so fast", she said.

Airlines reacted cautiously to Friday's disruptions, trying to avoid alarming their customers. The comments came just hours after a ground stop was issued for New York's LaGuardia Airport due to staffing shortages.

"In this spirit, we urge that the federal government be reopened before shutdown impacts begin to escalate".

After two competing bills to end the partial shutdown failed in the Senate, its members were urgently scrambling for a fix - even a temporary one - that would get hundreds of thousands of federal employees back on the job.

Southwest Airlines head Gary Kelly has described the shutdown as "maddening" - estimating they have lost out on $10-15m (£7.5-11m) in January sales.