Travelers at Newark airport feeling the effects of the government shutdown

Some travelers at Newark Liberty International Airport aired their frustrations on Friday as flights were delayed due to staffing issues with air traffic controllers as the the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continued.

The delays were caused by “a slight increase in sick leave” by air traffic controllers, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Some passengers waiting to take off in the morning tweeted their frustration. Louis Di Paolo, a former councilman, was stuck on a JetBlue flight waiting to take of from Newark. He tweeted the plane had been waiting on the tarmac for close to two hours.

Other travelers chimed in as well with one describing long lines at security and others complaining of having their flights wait on the tarmac. 

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