Despite a surge in hiring, the Federal Aviation Administration reports a shortage of about 3,000 air traffic controllers nationwide, according to CNN.

This gap poses challenges, including flight delays and safety concerns due to potential fatigue. Both airlines and watchdogs have raised alarms, criticizing the FAA for insufficient efforts in staffing critical control facilities. Currently, the FAA aims to hire 1,800 controllers this fiscal year, which ends this September, but concerns about staffing levels persist.

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