Edward Russell points out that while a government shut down doesn’t interfere with air traffic control and TSA’s front line screeners — both considered essential — that the FAA’s registration office closes and that could delay new aircraft deliveries.
What happens to air travel if the US govt shuts down tonight?
Not much, air traffic control and TSA are essential operations. However, some aircraft deliveries cud be delayed as FAA reg office closes.
— Edward Russell (@e_russell) January 19, 2018
That would delay American Airlines taking delivery of more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with just 30 inches between seats, no seat back video, and shrunken lavatories that let the airline squeeze in an extra row of seats.
Despite this being the ‘new standard interior’ for American Airlines, their CEO admits he hasn’t flown it.
So far the airline has received only a handful of the 100 it has ordered. I took the inaugural flight at the end of November and realized that legroom has even been compressed in the extra legroom seats and first class has been downgraded, too.
The longer the government shut down continues, the longer it will be until American Airlines can register more of these planes.