(Associated Press) Nearly 3,000 aviation safety inspectors are being furloughed by the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the government shutdown, the union representing the inspectors said Monday.
The inspectors check to make sure airlines are maintaining their
planes safely, conduct inspections at airports of planes and pilots, and
visit domestic and foreign repair stations where airlines send planes
for major overhauls, among other safety jobs, said Kori Blalock Keller, a
spokeswoman for the union, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists.
Union officials initially thought the FAA had made a mistake when
they received word of the furloughs, Blalock Keller said. But FAA
Administrator Michael Huerta confirmed the inspector furloughs in a
phone call with union officials Monday, she said.
Mike Perrone, the union's national president, said he is "outraged
that the FAA would consider aviation safety inspectors as playing
anything but a pivotal role in protecting the safety of the American
public. Furloughing this critical workforce is neither in the best
interest of the economy nor the oversight of this country's aviation
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
No Biggie: Just Airline Safety Inspectors Sent Home
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