Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:20:53 GMT — The Federal Government shutdown is hitting air traffic controllers across the country and here at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.Theyâ??re not getting paid.There are about 20 controllers, an administrator and a manager, but all the support staff has been furloughed.On top of that, the controllers are still reeling, they say, from the effects of sequestration and previous budget battles.So are they skies safe?"Theyâ??re safe," says Michael Bigler, the representative for the Air Traffic Controllers Association," across the country we are dedicated professionals. So even though at the time weâ??re not getting paidâ?¦weâ??re stepping up and doing our job to ensure the safety of the flying public."Controllers say their frustration is getting deeper every day.
KVII serves the Amarillo, Texas and Panhandle region with local news, sports and weather for the city and surrounding towns, including Canyon, Hereford, Borger, Pampa, Dalhart, Dumas, Childress, Perryton, Clarendon, Texas; Guymon, Oklahoma; and Clovis, Portales, Tucumcari, New Mexico.