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Government shutdown stalls aircraft safety inspections, new jets and routes, industry complains

January 10, 2019 / Leslie Josephs

Airlines can't get federal officials to sign off on new planes and routes amid the U.S. government shutdown while keeping federal aviation workers furloughed or unpaid altogether threatens the country's key aviation sector, industry members said Thursday. Some 800,000 government workers have been furloughed or are working without pay since the partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22. About 420,000 of them, including Transportation Security Administration screeners and air traffic controllers, have been deemed essential and are required to work. TSA officers are set to miss their first paycheck on Friday.