FAA Furloughs 3,000

Almost 3,000 US safety inspectors have been told to halt work by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The unpaid furloughs, which include aviation engineers, safety inspectors and FAA administrators, started yesterday (1 October) after US lawmakers failed to reach an agreement over President Obama's healthcare law, dubbed Obamacare. It is the first furlough in over 17 years. The FAA allows employees to work through a furlough should their role be crucial to safety; it has controversially deemed inspectors and engineers as non-crucial to safety but has continued to employ airport security screeners and air traffic controllers.

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