US shutdown: Flights halted into New York airport

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Flights have been halted into New York’s LaGuardia Airport due to shortages of air traffic control staff, the US Federal Aviation Administration says.

A US government shutdown, the longest in history, has meant that controllers are currently working without pay.

Flights were halted shortly before 10:00 local time (15:00 GMT).

The move comes one day after a stark warning was issued by air industry unions about the risk to public safety.

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