How flight delays in the Northeast are affecting DFW Airport

WABCPlanes sit on the tarmac at La Guardia airport in New York Jan. 25 2019

WABCPlanes sit on the tarmac at La Guardia airport in New York Jan. 25 2019

LaGuardia Airport in New York City, Philadelphia International Airport, and Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey, are all operating with delays, according to the FAA's status website.

"We have experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two air traffic control facilities affecting NY and Florida", the agency said.

Though all New York-area air traffic centers are fully staffed, delays continued at LaGuardia because of a ground stop, the official told CNN. Among them are more than 400,000 workers, including air traffic controllers, airport security workers and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, have been told they must continue to report into work because they are deemed essential.

WABCPlanes sit on the tarmac at La Guardia airport in New York Jan. 25 2019
WABCPlanes sit on the tarmac at La Guardia airport in New York Jan. 25 2019

I'm getting notes from people that are saying they're making mistakes that they hadn't made in the 10, 15, 20 years of service that they have been an air traffic controller.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote a letter to President Trump on Friday demanding the reopening of the government in the name of safety for the flying public.

"We are at a 30-year low of fully certified air traffic controllers and as we have warned for several years, the efficiency of the system will be constrained when there is inadequate staffing to ensure the safety of all flights".

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Martin said Friday that it had augmented staffing, rerouted traffic and increased spacing between planes as needed.

Flights were delayed coming into LaGuardia Airport after the Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop due to an employee shortage from the government shutdown.

Lang said she didn't mind the delay because she wants her two friends who are air traffic controllers - one in Jacksonville and the other in Minnesota - to get paid. Friday is the 35th day of the government shutdown.

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"Many controllers have reached the breaking point of exhaustion, stress, and worry caused by this shutdown", Rinaldi said. "We are in regular contact with officials at the Department of Transportation and the FAA", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. "This is reckless, what has been going on with the shutdown". Transportation Security Agency (TSA) employees are also working overtime without pay, and many have called in sick during the shutdown so that they can work other jobs. The airports with the longest average wait times were Atlanta with 42 minutes and Baltimore at 37 minutes. While it's legally possible for Congress to pass a bill that would pay controllers, it's more likely that politicians will use travel delays as a bargaining chip in the ongoing battle over reopening the government.

"There are locations where FAA engineers have quit, TSA agents have quit, air traffic controllers have quit".

"Passengers may experience delays and should check with their airline for the latest information about their flight", Massport said.

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"There are no options to keep these professionals at work without a paycheck when they can no longer afford to support their families", the statement said.

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