....and no one notices....Is it really even needed?
Have you flown since the shutdown? I have, and I didn't notice a thing.
I mean, sure. The workers noticed, and we should work through the private sector to get them back on the job as soon as possible, but from an air-travel standpoint I think it's safe to say we now know the FAA could get by just fine on a LOT less.
Oh, and if you're wondering why Obama is so concerned about this? Union jobs are at stake people.