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Keeping up with the ins-and-outs of Washington politics is exhausting. But one thing travelers must keep an eye on is the approaching sequester, which, barring congressional action, goes into effect this week. Though a majority of cuts will be in other federal agencies (mostly in domestic and defense programs), the airline industry is poised to take a major hit. Here’s what you need to know as you try to figure out whether or not your flight plans must be adjusted.
The Federal Aviation Administration went into a partial shutdown at midnight Saturday after congress failed to resolve a dispute over a $16.5 million cut in subsidies. Although this has brought about some good news for flyers – namely, that the government won’t levy certain airline taxes during the shutdown – it has also put nearly 4,000 FAA employees on furlough and halted a number of construction projects at airports across the country. It’s unclear how long the shutdown will last, so here’s what you need to know if you’re flying or planning to book air travel in the near future.
Safety Operations: This is a partial shutdown, so know that airports are still open, flights will still take off, and essential safety roles, such as air traffic control posts, will remain staffed.
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