FAA: Increase in "sick leave" causing flight delays, including Newark

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Flights were delayed to several other major airports across the U.S., including the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Flights were temporarily restricted i and out of LaGuardia Airport, and Philadelphia International Airport was experiencing significant delays as well - namely due to a shortage of air-traffic controllers, federal officials said. Some arriving flights are also being delayed; the FAA reports an average of 41 minute delays for LaGuardia-bound flights out of Newark International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

The FAA issued a statement saying: "We have experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two facilities".

The result was "minimal impacts to efficiency" while maintaining safety, Martin said.

"Air traffic controllers take their responsibility to protect the safety of the flying public at all costs very seriously".

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Update, 3:00 pm ET: On Friday afternoon, U.S. President Donald Trump announced an agreement with U.S. lawmakers, securing three weeks in stop-gap funding to reopen the government. They have been doing unbelievably heroic work even as they are betrayed by the government that employs them.

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On Tuesday, the nation's largest unions for pilots, flight attendants, and air traffic controllers said in a joint statement that "in our risk averse industry, we can not even calculate the level of risk now at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break".

The worker shortage is likely caused by workers calling off due to not receiving federal paychecks, which is part of the ongoing government shutdown. "We are in regular contact with officials at the Department of Transportation and the FAA", she said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

Air Canada posted a statement on its website notifying customers that flights into Newark and LaGuardia are affected by air-traffic-control restrictions and that it is waiving the fee to rebook a seat.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had the second-longest wait time, of 19 minutes. TSA would not reveal callout rates for individual airports. When is Congress going to get serious about fixing this very serious problem?

Earlier this month, Canadian air traffic controllers sent pizzas to their American counterparts as a gesture of solidarity, something Devine said was a boost at a time when morale is at "an all-time-low".

"There are locations where FAA engineers have quit, TSA agents have quit, air traffic controllers have quit. We have about 15 flights a day to LaGuardia, and about half of those have been delayed so far", said Allegheny County Airport Authority spokesman Bob Kerlik.

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