Logan Air Traffic Controllers Furloughed Due To Shutdown

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Logan Airport. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The ripple effects from the shutdown have had an impact on air travel. 

Six air traffic controllers at Logan Airport are among those being furloughed because of the government shutdown.

In addition, the TSA has experienced what many call the "Blue Flu," a spike in sick calls among those not receiving a paycheck.

Todd Curtis, a former Boeing safety engineer and the founder of AirSafe.com, spoke with WBZ NewsRadio about the impact of the shutdown.

"This may have a short or long-term effect on the risks passengers face," he said. "But if the shutdown persists, perhaps people quitting altogether because they need to have money from some other source ... there may be other things that make things more risky than they should be."

Those furloughed at Logan are reportedly new and still need to be trained. As for potential delays, the TSA says 90 percent of travelers made it through security last weekend with less than 15 minutes' wait.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@cfama_wbz) reports

 

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