Can I Fly if the Government Shuts Down?

  • Sep 30, 2013 4:13pm GMT

Sounds like the airlines expect travel to proceed per normal even if the Government shuts down tonight.

"At this point, we do not expect airline operations to be impacted," said Jean Medina, Airlines for America spokesperson.

Medina says the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and Customs and Border Protection told the group "front-line employees would not be subject to shutdown-related furloughs that would affect the traveling and shipping public."

Fear not, cross-country fliers. Peanuts and pop will still be available even if your government check is put on pause. Actually, do they still serve peanuts on planes? Ok, maybe you are stuck with pretzels. Damn allergies.

"We do not anticipate any impact to our operations as a result of the potential shutdown, as it will not affect the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, and/or the air traffic control system," said Brandy King, Southwest Airlines spokesperson.

(Thanks USA Today) (Pic credit: AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari)