Aviation attorney Keith Franz said he is alarmed over the impact of the government shutdown on America’s air travel system. Franz represented four Maryland families who sued airlines over security issues after their loved ones died in the 9/11 terror attacks. “The consequences of a failure—as we saw during 9/11—could be catastrophic,” Franz said.
There is great concern that the extended hours that air traffic controllers are being asked to work without getting any pay is causing them to suffer more distractions and stress than their already stress-prone jobs before the shutdown. This is not a job where “good” is good enough. Any error could lead to catastrophic consequences.