All aviation safety inspectors furloughed

At Clinton Airport

10:44 PM, Oct 2, 2013   |
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Federal Aviation Authority said due to the government shutdown, all of the aviation safety inspectors at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport have been furloughed.
“It did not concern me until you told me it actually happened,” said Dennis Haning, a traveler.
The shutdown has caused 13 inspectors to be furloughed in Arkansas, but in all 3,000 are off the job across the country. The inspectors make sure airlines maintain their planes safely and conduct inspections at airports on planes and pilots.
Airport officials in Little Rock said despite the furloughs, Arkansas travelers are safe.
“As long as the TSA continues to operate and the FAA continues to remain open and the control tower open we can weather this,” said Ronald F. Mathieu, executive director with the Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.
Mathieu said $5 million in government funds have been put on hold for a renovation to the airport’s runway. He said the airport has the available funds to keep the project going, but hope to be reimbursed by the federal government after the shutdown.

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