The Government Shutdown's Arrival and Departure at U.S. Airports

Posted on Feb 05, 2019

Anyone who boarded a U.S. commercial flight between December 22, 2018 and January 25, 2019 could attest that things were not business-as-usual in our airports. Because of the historic partial government shutdown, long lines, decreased security, and safety concerns dominated the news of the commercial aviation industry. The presidents of unions representing air traffic controllers, pilots, and flight attendants warned that the safety and security of employees, airlines, and the traveling public were more at risk every day. Finally, the government temporarily reopened, but airports are still scrambling.

The 51,000 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers who screen luggage and passengers, and who preside over security check points at our nation’s airports were among the 420,000 “essential” personnel ordered to work without pay during the shutdown. But a high rate of TSA workers—especially over the MLK day holiday weekend— called in sick, or didn’t show up to work at all, or even quit, due to transportation and financial strain. Many are still not working, or are looking for new jobs, because they fear another government shutdown will take place in the near future.

Despite long lines, cancelled flights, weakened security, and general confusion, business travelers still continued to board flights on behalf of their companies.

Corporate travel continues to rise and remains a staple of global enterprise. Common travel mishaps such as flight delays or cancellations are compounded in politically uncertain times. Not only do they happen more frequently, they also tend to snowball into further complicated risks. It's imperative that organizations prioritize the needs of their employees when it comes to their travel risk management plan.

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Real-time updates between companies and travelers in disaster situations are crucial to protect impacted employees. With tracking and position reporting available directly on a traveler's mobile device, companies can know where their employees are and travelers can "check in" with their current location along with the status of their safety.  

NC4 helps organizations enhance the way they handle travel risk management every day through the use of NC4 Risk Center, which includes the ActivPoint app.  For more information about the ways NC4 can help your organization manage and mitigate risk, call us at 1-877-624-4999, or contact us online.


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