People all over the world are watching and waiting to see how the US Government Shutdown will affect them. However, US citizens should consider their vacation plans if you traveling anytime soon.
According to a recent article on CNN.com, here are the top ways your vacation could be interrupted:
While many parks are currently still open, that could change as this drags out. You may still find the gates open, but workers will be scarce. There have been complaints that parks are understaffed as it is, and the government shutdown will add to that problem.
Things like the trash, cleaning the restrooms, and emergency services (think getting lost or hurt while in a park), are seriously limited. Many are worried about maintaining the integrity of the parks by allowing people to attend them without the proper staff to ensure people don’t damage or destroy the property.
Visitors should go to www.nps.gov and select “Find a Park” for additional information on access to specific parks and sites.
Smithsonian Museums and National Zoo
The 19 Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo in Washington, DC, closed their doors Wednesday to the public as the government shutdown continues. However, zoo staff will continue feeding and caring for the animals at the zoo. The live cameras will not be operational.
Air Travel, TSA Screening and Passport Processing
So far, airline travel is continuing as usual. However, travelers may experience more flight delays as airports are short staffed. TSA workers are continuing to work as usual with the understanding that they will be paid when funds are made available.
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