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Top airline is selling flights for $44

Top airline is selling flights for $  44Winter weather and the general lull of the post-holiday season can leave just



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Polar vortex causes another lousy travel day for fliers, over 3,500 flights canceled

Polar vortex causes another lousy travel day for fliers, over 3,500 flights canceledBrrr! The polar vortex caused hordes of flights to be canceled across the country on Wednesday.



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Winter storm snarls travel: More than 1,000 flights canceled on Tuesday

Winter storm snarls travel: More than 1,000 flights canceled on TuesdaySouthwest Airlines alone has canceled more than 500 Tuesday flights, including nearly 300 at Chicago's Midway International Airport.



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Flights delayed at 4 major airports due to ‘staffing’ issues as government shutdown ends

Flights delayed at 4 major airports due to ‘staffing’ issues as government shutdown endsFlights at four major airports were delayed at some point Friday because of staffing issues among air traffic control employees.



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LaGuardia airport closed to incoming flights due to lack of air traffic controllers in shutdown

LaGuardia airport closed to incoming flights due to lack of air traffic controllers in shutdownOne of New York City's main airports has been partially shut by federal authorities, owing to a lack of air traffic controllers during the government shutdown. LaGuardia airport, which serves 30 million passengers a year, was ordered to reduce its service due to a lack of staff. Authorities have implemented a "ground delay" programme, meaning that planes leaving the airport face serious delays of 60-90 minutes. Flights which are yet to take off to the airport have been halted. Flights mid-air were still able to land. The federal aviation authority (FAA) says the delay is only temporary, to deal with the problem. “There is a traffic management programme in effect for traffic arriving LaGuardia Airport,” the FAA said. “This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 41 minutes.” The stop was ordered shortly before 10 am as the partial government shutdown has entered its 35th day. A shortage of workers at an air traffic control facility in the Washington DC area prompted the agency to order a ground stop at LaGuardia, one of the country’s busiest transportation hubs. A day before, airline executives warned that the shutdown was pushing aviation to "tipping point". Flights out of Philadelphia and Newark were also delayed owing to shortages. The government shutdown, amid a row over funding for President Donald Trump's border wall, is now in its 35th day, with no end in sight. #FAA Statement: Staffing Update pic.twitter.com/CMVcyTNSz5— The FAA (@FAANews) January 25, 2019 Airport security staff have been calling in sick to avoid working without pay. Some employees have been asked to work overtime to make up for the staff shortages, but there are legal requirements for breaks and rest between shifts. Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, wrote to Mr Trump on Friday demanding that he reopen the government due to growing security risks at airports. Mr Cuomo, a strong critic of the president, said that the reduction of services and personnel in airports, including the mass amount of TSA officers calling in absent from work, and the amount of unpaid traffic air traffic controllers, is jeopardizing safety. Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, has strongly criticised the shutdown "As the home of the 9/11 attacks, New York knows all too well how important security is at our airports," Mr Cuomo wrote.  "Yet the government shutdown that you have created and are perpetuating is putting our travelers and public safety at risk.   "Because of the shutdown that has continued for 35 days, airport personnel dedicated to ensuring the safety of our airports and air travel are missing their second pay checks. As a result, airports across the country, including hubs like JFK and LaGuardia, have seen a rise in the number of personnel calling out of work because of financial limitations. "These hard-working men and women play a critical role in keeping our communities safe, and they deserve the support of our federal government."



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Government shutdown delays flights on the East Coast

Government shutdown delays flights on the East CoastAnother day, another tangible impact of the government shutdown on the American people.

On Friday morning, the FAA began delaying flights into major East Coast airports — LaGuardia, Newark, Reagan (D.C.), and Philadelphia — due to air traffic control staff shortages in centers in Washington and Florida.

> The ground delay program and ground stop for @LGAairport confirms that there are staffing issues at ZDC and ZJX (Jacksonville Center). pic.twitter.com/9Hdv4UcCg0
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> — NYCAviation (@NYCAviation) January 25, 2019

SEE ALSO: Delta CEO says the government shutdown will cost them $ 25 million this month

The disruptions come a day after several airline executives expressed concern about the shutdown's impact on their industry and as the public is starting to blame Trump more and more for the shutdown.

Of the all the Friday delays, the biggest reaction was around LaGuardia, mostly because of its reputation and location in New York City. However, JFK, Newark, and Philadelphia are all ranked as busier airports than LaGuardia.

Uh oh.

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That didn't stop travelers from going into meltdown mode on Twitter, though, cracking jokes and lamenting in general. 

> Make
> Airlines
> Grind to a halt
> t.co/m8zAOgrkkd
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> — Adam Sternbergh (@sternbergh) January 25, 2019

> turns out it's Infrastructure Week after all! t.co/n66oMEY0VH
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> — Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) January 25, 2019

> Not like anyone is gonna see a noticeable difference with how bad LGA is t.co/LS61dQCclU
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> — George Basile (@JGBasile) January 25, 2019

> On a good day LGA is hell on earth….. t.co/iChJZDleAb
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> — TheInsistence (@cleverironictag) January 25, 2019

> art of the deal t.co/22jyfQys6P
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> — Stephen Metcalf (@Metlandia) January 25, 2019

> And I thought LGA was a hellhole before… pic.twitter.com/UqfUlqMsov
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> — Anne Riley Moffat (@A_Riley17) January 25, 2019

If things are bad now, though, just wait. The chain-reaction of just these delays is sure to cause a horrendous mess heading into the weekend.  Additionally, Atlanta's airport is consistently ranked as the busiest in the world, and it's expecting an influx of travelers for next week's Super Bowl. Things may get whole lot messier. 

## WATCH: Delta CEO says the government shutdown will cost them $ 25 million this month



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Photos: Deadly winter storm blankets Midwest, Northeast, knocks out power, grounds flights

Photos: Deadly winter storm blankets Midwest, Northeast, knocks out power, grounds flightsA major winter storm moved across the Midwest and Northeast this weekend, blanketing areas of the region with snow and bringing some of the coldest temperatures of the season.



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Airlines already canceling flights into Monday from Winter Storm Harper

Airlines already canceling flights into Monday from Winter Storm HarperFlight headaches were on the rise Saturday as a winter storm moved toward the Northeast. Cancellations spiked into the thousands, with more likely.



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Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in Baltimore

Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in BaltimoreA data connectivity issue with Southwest Airlines phones and computer systems Tuesday resulted in delayed flights to and from BWI.



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Sunday snow: More than 785 flights canceled; airlines waive fees

Sunday snow: More than 785 flights canceled; airlines waive feesA sprawling winter storm that’s dumped snow from Colorado to the East Coast made a mess of air travel for the third day in a row Sunday.



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