Here’s Why Pilots Are Warning That Flying Is About To Become More Dangerous

Flying is generally considered to be one of the safest modes of transportation, but pilots are now warning that the current government shutdown might make taking to the skies just a little bit more dangerous.

In a letter to President Donald Trump, the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) implored him to end the shutdown. ALPA represents about 61,000 pilots who fly for major airlines like Delta and United.

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“I am writing to urge you to take the necessary steps to immediately end the shutdown of government agencies that is adversely affecting the safety, security, and efficiency of our national airspace system,” ALPA president Captain Joe DePete wrote in the letter.

ALPA’s main concern is that the lack of active inspectors and regulators could mean that safety checks and procedures could become more lax until funding resumes. Many overnight procedures and shifts are also not being performed, which may be putting the safety of passengers and pilots at risk.

This isn’t the first complaint from the air industry – the National Air Traffic Controllers Association has also spoken out against the prolonged government shutdown.