How U.S. Government Shutdown Could Affect Corporate Travel

The looming partial U.S. government shutdown could have major implications for the travel industry if Congress doesn’t agree to a deal by Saturday, September 30, 2023.

While TSA workers and air traffic controllers are required to keep working during a shutdown, though they don’t get paid, there’s still a lot more than just the cost that will impact the industry.

Other services that travelers rely on, most notably visa interviews, passport renewals, and Global Entry processing, would be impacted. Then there are flight delays, longer screening lines, and setbacks in air travel modernization, which U.S. Travel says always comes with a government shutdown.

The staffing progress that the travel industry has made in the past year, most notably hiring air traffic controllers, would also be halted.