WHAT: Forty traveling U.S. Airport safety inspectors are working without pay and putting thousands of dollars in hotel and airline tickets on their own credit cards. "It’s not right to ask them to do that," FAA administrator Randy Babbitt said.
WHY: Congress refused to authorize Federal Aviation Administration spending in a dispute over cutting costly ticket subsidies to three small airports. The inspectors are among 4,000 FAA employees furloughed July 22.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The funding cutoff stops the FAA from collecting $30 million a day normally obtained from federal taxes on airline tickets. But airline passengers don’t benefit because the airlines raised their fares by the same amount as the taxes.