A Government Shutdown Could Disrupt Your Travel Plans — Eventually

A government shutdown could disrupt travel plans in a few ways, especially if it goes on for a long time.

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A new government shutdown deadline is nearing this week. If that has you worried that a potential government shutdown could disrupt travel plans this winter, in one of the many ways a government shutdown could affect you, don’t stress out too much — at least, not yet. 

"We in TSA are an essential agency, so about 95% of our employees will work regardless of a shutdown, and they will get paid at the end of a shutdown," TSA administrator David Pekoske told Today on Monday. "But the longer a shutdown goes, the more impact it has on anybody because your family cash flow isn't there — you don't get paid until the shutdown is over."

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