Will the government shutdown impact air travel in Alaska? It's a matter of time

Published: Jan. 7, 2019 at 6:38 PM AKST
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17 days in to a partial government shutdown, there's no end in sight, and now many federal employees are out of work, with those deemed as "essential employees" now being asked to work for the promise of paycheck when the government reopens.

Falling under the category of essential employees are those of the Federal Aviation Administration, including TSA agents and air traffic control workers.

According to FAA officials, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport saw a level of sick leave requests this weekend that was above normal rates. The airport issued an ATC alert for heightened awareness because of the concerns over staffing levels.

So far, the airport has not experienced any operational impacts, and no employees were asked to work beyond their normally scheduled hours according to the FAA.

Other essential government employees being asked to work without guaranteed pay include FBI and DEA agents, U.S. Marshals, corrections workers, and border patrol officers.