Do you feel safe flying during the shutdown? | The Tylt
Do you feel safe flying during the shutdown?
CNN's Transportation Analyst was confident in early January that it was safe to fly, saying everyone working takes their duty to maintain safety seriously.
"Yes, I'd still fly," said Mary Schiavo, CNN Transportation Analyst and former Inspector General of the United States Department of Transportation.
"This has happened before, time and time again, and agencies know who has to be there to guarantee safety and security and who doesn't," she added. "If you are needed to perform an important safety function, you will work and you accepted that responsibility when you took the job."
As the shutdown has dragged on, the stress put on airport personnel has become harder to ignore. The Washington Post reports many employees have said they are unfocused and anxious for the shutdown to come to a close.
“The stress is getting to everyone,” said Al Zamborsky, a radar specialist at Reagan National Airport outside Washington.
Zamborsky said co-workers are preoccupied with the shutdown and their personal finances. Safety isn’t compromised, he said, but efficiency has suffered.
USA Today reported that while Southwest Airlines CEO George Kelly felt the shutdown could hurt the airline industry, he did not feel there was any immediate danger to travelers.
“It is safe and it will be safe,’’ Kelly said. “I think the risk is that things slow down in order to retain a safe operating environment. That’s both from an air traffic perspective as well as an airport perspective.’’