01.25.2019

Amid shutdown, is it safe to fly? Airlines say yes, but worry about increasing delays

Amid shutdown, is it safe to fly? Airlines say yes, but worry about increasing delays (Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS, AFP/Getty Images)

Frustrated airline executives sounded alarms Thursday that the month-long government shutdown could cause major disruptions to air travel if it drags on much longer.

So far, the airline industry hasn't seen any serious damage, several airline CEOs said. But as federal employees who keep the system safe miss another paycheck Friday, they're worried that security lines will grow and flight delays will multiply. 

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