A government shutdown could really stress out the air travel system — and its passengers

. In the event of a government shutdown, millions of federal government employees, including Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers, would be furloughed, leading to fewer staffers at the TSA check points. This could lead to significant delays at airports and longer lines than usual. It could impact airport security as well, if there are not enough TSA employees to screen passengers properly. Additionally, delays in tracking federal government flight delays can lead to travel disruptions and backups. Given the lack of personnel, travelers should expect longer times and lines in airports, as airports may be used less efficiently during the shutdown.

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