Aviation Shutdown?
February 19, 2011 6:16 AM   Subscribe

If the fools in Washington end up causing a shutdown of the federal government, would all commercial flights be canceled?
posted by R. Mutt to Law & Government (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
No, "essential" services continue.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 6:18 AM on February 19, 2011


2nd the no. The fed gov't shut down in... 1995? 1996? for a few weeks and the world didn't end. I was visiting DC at the time and remember that some of the monument shops and whatnot were closed as they're run by National Park Service which was somehow affected.

But commercial flights will be fine.
posted by countrymod at 6:25 AM on February 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks
posted by R. Mutt at 6:26 AM on February 19, 2011


They wont at first. But even air traffic controller wont work unpaid for forever.
posted by T.D. Strange at 7:11 AM on February 19, 2011


They wont at first. But even air traffic controller wont work unpaid for forever.

Actually, government workers are paid during a government shutdown, the checks just aren't issued until after the government shutdown ends.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 8:45 AM on February 19, 2011


Which is the definition of not being paid, assuming the shutdown goes on long enough.
posted by squorch at 9:07 AM on February 19, 2011


Read about the 1995 shutdown here. Short answer: don't freak out about a disaster scenario.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:22 AM on February 19, 2011


Yeah, in 1995 my mom, who sits in an office reading lawyerly stuff all day, was considered "essential personnel". The world won't end but it's still a stupid thing that everyone should be opposed to.
posted by ghharr at 10:00 AM on February 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Essential services like air traffic control will continue. If the shutdown is short, there will be very little interruption of other services. The longer it goes on, however, the more services will be reduced.

Actually, government workers are paid during a government shutdown, the checks just aren't issued until after the government shutdown ends.

Not exactly. In previous shutdowns we have ended up getting paid, but it requires a legislative fix, it's not automatic or guaranteed.
posted by weebil at 11:27 AM on February 19, 2011


Essential services continue. My brother-in-law, a conservator in military history was 'essential' in the last shutdown.
posted by SLC Mom at 11:38 AM on February 19, 2011


Not sure how good a guide the 1995 shutdown is, since that was before the TSA existed....
posted by raf at 4:31 PM on February 19, 2011


I'm sure the TSA are "essential"
posted by Blasdelb at 10:44 PM on February 20, 2011


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