MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sick calls from air traffic controllers Friday morning led to a brief ground stop at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
The short staffing caused many flights to be delayed or canceled, causing a ripple effect at several airports across the country.READ MORE: Judge To Decide On Evidence Allowed At Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
WCCO’s Christiane Cordero spoke with some travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport coming from Florida and Newark, both areas impacted by the delays.
Florida passengers said that they sat on the tarmac for about half an hour, but added that the pilot made up time in the air to arrive on schedule.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Severe Weather Threat Fizzles, But More Heavy Rainfall Coming Overnight
Officials at MSP say that they are keeping an eye on the situation.
In order to minimize the impact of Friday’s delays, the Federal Aviation Administration says it’s trying to reroute traffic.MORE NEWS: What Is The Key To A Long Life?
Since the government shutdown began 35 days ago, staffing shortages have been a problem for the FAA, airports and travelers.