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There Were Fewer Plane Inspectors Working During the Government Shutdown?

There Were Fewer Plane Inspectors Working During the Government Shutdown?
Jackie Reddy

The partial government shutdown rumbles on, but the Federal Aviation Administration has said that it is in the process of recalling aviation inspectors. The FAA says that it will have over 2,000 inspectors back to work next week in addition to the 500 inspectors who were recalled to duty last week.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said that it is in the process of recalling additional aviation inspectors, reports AP. Many federal workers – including these inspectors – have been impacted by the continued partial shutdown of the U.S. government.

A spokesperson for the FAA told the news agency that the administration will have about 2,200 inspectors back to work by the end of the week. The news agency reports that this will see the number of inspectors increase from just the 500 who were called back to work last week.

While they are classed as non-essential government employees, these inspectors supervise the work completed by airlines and manufacturers as well as by repair workshops.

In a statement earlier this month, the FAA said, “Safety is the top priority for the FAA. Air traffic controllers and the technicians who maintain the nation’s airspace system continue to serve their critical mission to ensure the public’s safety. We are allocating resources based on risk assessment to meet all safety critical functions.”

“If we identify an issue, we recall inspectors and engineers to address it. We sincerely thank FAA employees who are working to keep the traveling public and our skies safe,” it added.

Offering his comments, Mike Perrone, the national president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union, explained to the news agency that both the widespread media coverage of the shutdown plus active picketing by inspectors helped to bring about this recall of staff.

“A layer of safety was missing when our inspectors weren’t working,” he was quoted as saying.

[Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images]

View Comments (2)


  1. CUTiger78


    January 19, 2019 at 8:14 am

    IDK why there’s a question mark in the headline. Yes, not only WERE there, but there still ARE fewer plane inspectors working during the government shutdown. Aviation Safety Inspectors, in FAA parlance.

  2. toddhicks209

    January 19, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    The inspectors and air traffic controllers should be deemed essential and kept on the job with pay so they can stay focused and help ensure flight safety.

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