Trump's tantrum over a wall brings flights to a halt


Laguardia Airport traffic was halted because of the Trump shutdown, and the chaos spread quickly to other airports.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had to stop flights coming in to New York's LaGuardia airport because of Trump's shutdown of the federal government.

The FAA had to issue a ground stop at the airport due to "staffing related issues." Air traffic was also delayed at airports in Philadelphia and Newark due to similar issues with staffing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a demand for Trump to stop putting lives in danger with his shutdown.

Workers at key government agencies like the FAA have been forced to work without pay because of the government shutdown. Trump and the Republican Party have caused the shutdown by demanding that taxpayers waste billions on an unnecessary and racist border wall.

"The FAA is either going to start halting flights at airports like LaGuardia, or they won't and it will put the flying public at risk," said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), in reaction to the LaGuardia news.

"We have a growing concern for the safety and security of our members, our airlines, and the traveling public due to the government shutdown," said a joint statement from the Air Line Pilots Association, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

Former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta appeared on CNN to raise concerns about the shutdown's impact on safety.

"I am concerned about fatigue and concerned about distraction," he said, "It's ridiculous. They find themselves in a situation where they have to drive for Uber, they perhaps have to wait on tables during their time off. That is wrong."

Airline industry executives have been sounding the alarm about the mess Trump is causing.

"We are close to a tipping point as employees are about to miss a second paycheck," Jetblue CEO Robin Hayes told analysts and investors in a conference call on Thursday. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said in an interview, "We'd be crazy not to be concerned about this." He added, "Common sense tells us the longer this goes on, the more problems are likely."

The flight halts could also be another negative hit on the economy.

"Flight and security delays will reduce demand for air travel, and that's going to require discounts to attract passengers. Profit and margin pain will follow," said George Ferguson, an aviation analyst for Bloomberg.

The shutdown has affected businesses who rely on the money spent by the 800,000 workers who are currently not being paid.

America cannot operate without safe and secure air traffic. Lives are being disrupted and millions of dollars are being lost by businesses. All because of Trump's shutdown.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.