LaGuardia in NY and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey were the hardest hit, but delays rippled across the nation's air-travel system.
In a joint statement between the pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers, they said, "We have a growing concern for the safety and security of our members, our airlines, and the traveling public...we can not even calculate the level of risk now at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break". Philadelphia International Airport had reported departure delays of 1 hour and 14 minutes, but those have dropped back to normal operations by 11 a.m. LaGuardia delays were averaging 1 hour 26 minutes.
A White House official said the air traffic delays played a key role in Trump backing down - at least temporarily - from his insistence on border wall funding to reopen the government. He said the FAA adjusted to meet available staffing by, among other things, rerouting flights and putting more space between planes in the air. The results have been minimal impacts to efficiency while maintaining consistent levels of safety in the national airspace system.
Friday marks the day federal workers miss their second paycheque since the shutdown began.
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It's too early to say whether widespread flight delays at major East Coast airports will break the shutdown stalemate. He says he "loves and respects" federal workers and appreciates the work they do.
Brad Cicero, a spokesman for Toronto-based Porter Airlines, said the carrier is seeing only "minor" delays on its Newark flights, but those are because of weather or wind conditions.
Lawmakers in the United States may have reached a short-term deal to re-open the government, but Canadians heading south of the border are still feeling the effects of the government shutdown, as flights are being delayed or cancelled because of staffing issues at US airports.
The Federal Aviation Administration said ground delays remained in effect at La Guardia, the NY region's third-largest airport, while the airport in Atlanta, one of the world's busiest, is at Code Red, with flight delays of one hour.
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Speaking at the White House on Friday, he described federal workers affected by the shutdown as "incredible patriots".
A rising number of federal employees have been calling in sick as a sign of protest for not being paid during the shutdown.
To check the current status of flights to LaGuardia Airport, go to Pearson Airport's website.
Air traffic control tower at LaGuardia Airport in NY. About a third of incoming flights to LaGuardia were delayed as of late Friday morning, according to the FlightAware tracking service.
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