No Safety Concerns at Wicomico Regional Airport, Despite Government Shutdown

Oct 9, 2013

Wicomico Regional Airport Traffic Control Tower
Credit Don Rush

Despite some of the Federal Aviation Administration's inspectors taking forced time off for the government shutdown, officials with the Wicomico Regional Airport say there is not a safety concern.

Airport officials say air traffic control services are considered a "life safety issue," so they are currently exempt from the government shutdown, and the Wicomico Regional Airport's traffic control tower is still operating.

The Salisbury Times reports that the airport is still unsure of what may happen if the shutdown continues.

As of October 7th, 800 furloughed employees, including some safety inspectors, are being asked to return to work at the Federal Aviation Administration.