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

The aviation system's safety still hasn't fullyrecovered from the 35-day U.S. government shutdown that haltedprogress 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 partialshutdown ended Jan. 25. Flights were delayed into New York'sLaGuardia Airport as controllers didn't report to work due toillness and fatigue, said Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air TrafficControllers Association.

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