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NFTA says airport running smoothly despite shutdown

Travelers at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport are experiencing few delays because of the federal government shutdown – at least for now.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials reported Thursday that airport inspection posts remain fully staffed, even though Transportation Security Administration personnel have not been paid in several weeks.

While other facilities around the country are experiencing delays because increasing numbers of TSA employees are calling in sick, inspection lines at Buffalo continue to flow smoothly.

“We’ve been fortunate because our TSA staff has been very good,” William R. Vanecek, NFTA director of aviation, told authority commissioners. “And that’s critical to our operation.”

He noted, however, employees could still start using sick time if the federal shutdown continues.

“So far, that’s not been the attitude,” Vanecek said. “With any luck, we’ll get through this.”

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