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Federal Shutdown Could Lead to More Expensive Plane Tickets


The 27-day old  partial shutdown of the federal government may soon hit the wallets of Americans who are not federal workers. The Federal Aviation Adiministration is one of the agencies operating without funding. That means the thousands of FAA air traffic controllers who manage U.S. airspace are working without pay. If they start to retire, quit, or take leave in large numbers consumers will likely see higher prices and flight delays.

Brent Spencer is a retired air traffic controller and a professor in Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s Air Traffic Management program. He spoke with HPR’S Ryan Finnerty.

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