In a scorchingly fact-based letter to President Trump, the Air Line Pilots Association — which represents 61,000 pilots — used simple words. Its president, Captain Joe DePete wrote:
“I am writing to urge you to take the necessary steps to immediately end the shutdown of government agencies that is adversely affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our national airspace system.”
Air traffic controllers, airspace system maintenance personnel and air marshals are working unpaid. By writing directly to the president — and merely copying congressional leaders — the pilots appear to be holding him responsible for the potential dangers flowing from the shutdown.
See the full letter here. The union represents pilots from all major national carriers.
— VoteVets (@votevets) January 6, 2019
Delta and United pilots are concerned an air-travel accident will occur because of the government shutdown.https://t.co/echjn6Rueg
— PostSecret (@postsecret) January 6, 2019
My wife and I have six flights combined this week. It’s reassuring that professionals who make sure planes don’t crash into each other will be working unpaid so the great orange one can continue his fence tantrum. https://t.co/VpkSRlEigv
— Lee Allen (@leeericallen) January 6, 2019