Air traffic controllers planning demonstration at the Spokane Airport today

Air traffic controllers planning demonstration at the Spokane Airport today
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Air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals plan to hand out leaflets at the Spokane International Airport today.

Local members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) say they will be discussing how the partial government shutdown, now it its fifth week, impacts the safety for travelers and the overall efficiency of the national airspace system.

Members will be distributing brochures and explaining how the shutdown results in late paychecks, lay offs and will worsen a controller staffing crisis that has existed since a previous government shutdown in 2013. They will also describe how the shutdown stopped all modernization projects at the FAA.

Leafleting began last week at dozens of airports across the U.S.

The airport has not said if the demonstration will affect operations or flights.

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