FAA Shutdown: Airlines The Big Winners In Crisis

Aug 03, 2011 | Updated Oct 03, 2011

The FAA is still in shutdown mode, despite Congress leaving town for a planned recess.

As a result, some 4,000 agency employees and contractors are furloughed with no end in sight, and 40 plane inspectors who make regular checks covering runways, navigation aids and other systems at airports around the country will continue to work without pay (and incur work expenses personally) to ensure that the industry doesn't crumple under the shutdown.

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