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Air traffic controllers begin to feel the pressure of the partial government closure, according to Dan McCabe, a spokesman with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

"The shutdown must stop immediately," McCabe says.

McCabe expressed concern about the impact of the partial shutdown on the Super Bowl traffic that will flow through Atlantis Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the next few weeks.

Remember: It is still safe to fly. While agencies like the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration are understaffed because of the suspension, experts say there is no reason to believe that security is compromised.

Airport security security across the country is as effective as ever, and average waiting times are within TSA standards, an agency said spokesman.

But things can be less secure over time: Just because air travel is still safe, it does not mean that a long-term government shutdown would not have a potentially dangerous impact.

Problems like understaffing and employees ending up will only worsen over time.


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