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The partial shutdown could make passengers happy at least for a little while because it robs the FAA of its authority to collect certain fees, thus allowing people to buy airline tickets without taxes.

Air Traffic Controllers will stay on the job as essential employees, but Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says the furloughs could still change the traveling experience for the public.

"I think it's going to affect schedules," he says. "I think it's going to affect the willingness of airlines to fly, and I think it's going to make the lives of the traveling public much more complicated."

The sticking point is a provision sought by Republicans that would make it more difficult for airline workers to unionize. House Republicans also believe the FAA can save money by cutting back subsidies to rural airports.

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