November 21, 2023

Buttigieg Releases Message Ahead of Busy Travel Holiday Week

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg released a message ahead of the busy Thanksgiving travel week, attacking Republicans in his message.

The words moved from a focus on safety and efficiency to political criticisms during a week that traditionally emphasizes gratitude.

"Bottom line is that, you know, in just two or three years, we've gone from people wondering whether the U.S. aviation sector as we knew it would survive to a mountain right now of record demand and record work going on to meet that demand. I need to stress that the progress I've discussed and the progress underway with regard to our aviation workforce, technology, and infrastructure is not guaranteed," Buttigueg told reporters.

"Every time extremist Republicans in Congress bring us to the brink of a government shutdown, it threatens to stop the momentum that we built around training and around protecting customer rights," he added.

"The Transportation Security Administration expects roughly 30 million travelers to pass through security checkpoints through the travel period, which kicked off Friday and lasts through Nov. 28," Politico reported.

"Buttigieg said the FAA is taking steps to try to make travel as smooth as possible, including utilizing new flight routes and making sure commercial planes get priority at airports," it continued.

The busy travel week combined with predicted bad weather for many parts of the country could result in nightmare issues at airports for Americans.

Buttigieg's message appears to address the concern in advance after massive flight issues during the same time last year that saw hundreds of flights canceled and thousands of flyers stranded in airports across the country.

Instead of taking responsibility and sharing new plans, however, Buttigieg took to the mic to blame Republicans in his latest public statements about American travel.

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