2 October 2013
The FAA has furloughed 15,514 workers out of its total workforce of 46,070, including air traffic-control support staffers and performance analysts; facility inspectors; auditors; background checkers and drug-testing personnel. However, air traffic controllers and other safety-related personnel were exempted as the FAA has prepared a contingency plan to keep essential employees on the job in order to maintain the safety of the national airspace system. In addition, The FAA has announced the furloughing of almost 3,000 air safety inspectors as part of the shutdown, whose job it is to ensure that airlines are keeping up with planes’ mechanical upgrades; to perform inspections on the planes and pilots; and to visit the sites that airlines use to repair aircraft.
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