TSA, air traffic control still working despite government shutdown

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Published: Dec. 27, 2018 at 6:09 PM MST
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While the federal government shutdown may last at least another week, those flying won't have to worry about there being a shortage of Transportation Security Administration agents and air traffic controllers.

Both TSA workers and air traffic controllers are being exempt during the shutdown.

That means, there is plenty of security on hand to keep fliers safe.

At Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, airport manager Chris Pomeroy said they are fully operational.

He said that's good with how many travelers are flying in and out of the airport.

“Thankfully this is certainly like a lot of airports across the country, but especially us as a resort community, this time of year is one of our busiest, if not the busiest times of year," Pomeroy said. "So we're operating as normal."

Pomeroy also said since these jobs are considered 'critical operations' they will hopefully not be effected, if the shutdown continues.

KMVT also spoke with a security worker. He said that while they are exempt, they still don't know exactly when they will get a paycheck, which is hard on families, especially around the holidays.

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