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air traffic control tower The air traffic control tower stands at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in the Queens borough of New York, U.S., on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights into New York’s LaGuardia Airport because of a shortage of air-traffic control staff, escalating the pressure on President Donald Trump and lawmakers to end the government shutdown. Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

The aviation system’s safety still hasn’t fully recovered from the 35-day U.S. government shutdown that halted progress on new technology and stopped reviews of incident reports, the air-traffic controllers’ union president told Congress.

U.S. aviation was “on the verge of unraveling” when the partial shutdown ended Jan. 25. Flights were delayed into New York’s LaGuardia Airport as controllers didn’t report to work due to illness and fatigue, said Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

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