Thursday, August 4
Asking The Pilot About The FAA Shutdown And Security At Logan
This week Congress breathed a sigh of relief after a deal was finally reached over raising the debt ceiling. But lawmakers left Washington for their August recess with some unfinished business on the table, including the status of the Federal Aviation Administration—now in a partial shutdown. Workers are furloughed—including 100 employees in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Development projects are stalled—including at least $8 million worth underway in New England. Is this partial shutdown a serious matter or just another example of political posturing in an increasingly divided Washington? Airline pilot Patrick Smith writes the Ask the Pilot column for Salon.com and he joins us with his take.