Open Letter From US Pilots to Trump: End Shutdown Due to Airspace Safety Threat

Over 61,000 professional aircraft pilots are telling Trump to end the government shutdown, warning of security threats in US skies.



With US President Donald Trump hunkered down in the White House tweeting his new “presidential harassment” slogan regarding the growing political opposition on Capitol Hill at the hands of a newly Democratic House of Representatives, US airline pilots have released on open letter warning of threats to air safety over America unless the president’s ongoing government shutdown is ended.

The president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), representing about 61,000 professional pilots in some 32 air carriers including United, Jet Blue, Delta, Fedex and Virgin America, has detailed that the safety and security of US airspace is at stake as federal workers furloughed by the Trump shutdown struggle to pay for basic needs including transportation, heat, food and shelter.

The open letter, signed by the ALPA president, Captain Joe DePete, is asking that Trump end his partial US government shutdown “immediately,” according to Business Insider.

In the blunt communique, ALPA details that ” disruptions being caused by the shutdown are threatening the safe operations of this network,” and points out that when “responsibilities are placed on pause due to a shutdown there are safety, security and efficiency gaps that immediately emerge” particularly as there “are fewer safety inspectors than are needed,” cited by

In noting the many “safety issues that put passengers and airline crews at risk” occurring as a result of Trump’s shutdown of the US government, the letter also observes that “air traffic controllers, airspace system maintenance personnel, and the airline passenger security workforce are being asked to work unpaid,” as increasing numbers of US Transportation Authority (TSA) airport security screeners call in sick or simply do not show up, bringing to a crawl or halt passenger access to flights in many US airports.

The unprecedented letter closes with a plea urging Trump to “take the necessary steps to immediately end the shutdown of government agencies that is affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our national airspace system,” cited by

Earlier it was reported by CNN that, at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), up to 170 TSA security screeners are regularly calling out sick with a so-called green flu, even as officers from individual shifts are required to work extra time to cover the outages resulting from the shutdown.

The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in Texas, has seen a 200-300 percent increase in TSA security staff sick day call-outs following the shutdown, according to

When pressed for comment, airline security union leaders confirmed that the absences were not a result of official union actions and warned that increasing numbers of TSA workers are likely to call out sick with the ubiquitous green flu.

“This problem of call outs is really going to explode over the next week or two when employees miss their first paycheck,” stated a DFW union official, cited by CNN.”TSA officers are telling the union they will find another way to make money,” the official said, adding, “that means calling out to work other jobs.”

Green flu sick days by TSA security workers are expected to increase as the Trump government shutdown continues, while US airports are projected to be increasingly dysfunctional, according to

During a contentious meeting with Democratic leaders in December 2018, Trump confirmed that if a US government shutdown occurred he would “take the mantle” of responsibility for the unpopular move, but has since shifted his narrative in attempts to blame the opposition party, according to the New York Times.


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  1. Here is what the public can do to put the same pressure on Israel Lover Liar Trump that he is doing to the public. Place your personal convenience aside and place the interest of the country and all flyers first for a change. Kill two birds with one stone: Boycott all airlines immediately. Cancel all reservations until further notice. Refuse to fly until Gangster Trump not only opens government again, but cancels the unconstitutional search and seizure of all citizens at airports and cancels the illegal radiation scan likely causing cancer with high dose radiation, all of which were illegally installed and forced by criminals from Israel who have criminally and illegally hi jacked our totalitarian dictatorial government and gang raped the Constitution with all these totally illegal searches. Use the same tactics of extortion against criminal Trump which he uses on the gullible public for a change. Let’s kill two birds with one stone.

    • A month or two of airline boycotts and Trumps phone lines will be jammed with angry airline presidents, angry citizens and angry members of Congress. He will fire all members of Homeland
      Security TSA and send them all back to Israel where they belong. He will cancel all those illegal unconstitutional searches at airports. He will be on his knees begging everyone to get back on planes and likely offer free flights. He will cancel all demands for the foolish meaningless wall too. Boycott is the most powerful non violent weapon to get things done on the planet. Do it!

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