While security wait times have varied airport to airport during the shutdown—and so far, no threats or crashes have been reported in U.S. airspace—there are a few steps travelers can take to avoid major issues. Check with your airline for recommended airport arrival times, as they may suggest arriving two to even three hours before a domestic flight at busy, understaffed airports. If you’re nervous about flying, check your travel insurance as it might cover trip cancellation—but you’ll have to read the fine print. Most insurance companies, like Allianz Global Assistance, don’t cover “prohibition or regulation by any government” (i.e. a government shutdown) as a reason to cancel a trip, even if you’ve purchased Allianz’s catch-all “Cancel Anytime” coverage.
Squaremouth offers “Cancel For Any Reason” coverage, too, which you can use to avoid shutdown-related delays or safety concerns. But, you must purchase the extra coverage 14-21 days after your initial flight booking and have to cancel your trip at least two days before your departure. That’s a level of pre-planning even the most type-A traveler isn’t usually capable of.
Really, your best bet is to talk to the airline—and call your congressman.
Read the full Condé Nast Traveler article online here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/government-shutdown-air-travel-union-leaders-safety-concerns