FAA control tower at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport (file)
At the stroke of midnight, The Federal Aviation Administration will go into partial shutdown mode.
You can thank Congress. The House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on how to fund the FAA’s operating authority, even temporarily. So just they went home for the weekend.
Air traffic controllers and safety inspectors will still be on duty, so people can still fly.
The FAA says 4,000 workers will be furloughed and airlines will stop collecting Federal taxes on tickets. Airport construction projects backed by Federal funds will be put on hold.