FAA bring­ing back safety in­spec­tors side­lined by shut­down

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON, D.C. >> The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion says it has brought about 500 fur­loughed safety in­spec­tors back to work and ex­pects more to re­turn next week, po­ten­tially eas­ing strains on the avi­a­tion sys­tem amid a par­tial fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down.

Most of the FAA’s 3,000 safety in­spec­tors have been side­lined dur­ing the 22-day shut­down . But the agency is ac­cel­er­at­ing ef­forts to bring them back. Agency spokesman Gre­gory Martin didn’t pro­vide specifics in an email to the As­so­ci­ated Press Satur­day.

In­spec­tors over­see and cer­tify in­spec­tions by air­line and re­pair-shop em­ploy­ees. They’re not con­sid­ered es­sen­tial em­ploy­ees who must work dur­ing shut­downs.

The shut­down has hit avi­a­tion hard . About 10,000 FAA air traf­fic con­trollers are on the job but not get­ting paid. Some Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion screen­ers are stay­ing home rather than work with­out pay.

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