Shutdown won't ground Spokane International Airport | News
From Spokane International Airport:
Spokane international Airport is advising travelers that the current Federal government shutdown will not immediately disrupt or otherwise affect Airport operations.
The two primary federal government functions that involve air transportation include passenger and baggage screening, which is performed by the Transportation Security Administration and air traffic control which is performed by the Federal Aviation Administration. In the near term, these functions have been determined to be essential by the Federal government and will not be affected by the shutdown.
The public can sometimes believe that security screening and air traffic control functions are performed under the auspices of the Airport management, however, they are independent responsibilities of two federal government agencies that utilize facilities at the Airport. The Airport has no direct authority over these federal government agencies.
While the Airport does not foresee any imminent negative impacts to air travel through Spokane International Airport in the immediate future, we will be working very closely with the TSA and the FAA to minimize potential impacts of a prolonged shutdown on local travellers.