Some Okla. FAA workers facing furloughs in government shutdown

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The government shutdown could also take a toll on air travel safety.

Some Oklahomans employed by the Federal Aviation Administration are also facing furloughs Tuesday.

That includes nearly 3,000 aviation safety inspectors nationwide.

These workers make sure the airlines are maintaining their planes safely and conduct inspections at the airports.

The president of the union representing inspectors said he is outraged that the FAA is furloughing such critical personnel.

Employees critical to public safety are generally exempt from the furloughs.

However, the FAA said the shutdown will mostly impact office jobs and added many employees will be on call, ready to return to work if necessary.


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