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Missoula Airport Operations Normal During Government Shutdown

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Security for passengers flying in and out of the Missoula International Airport remains tight during the federal government shutdown.

Airport Director Chris Jensen said Transportation Security Administration employees are still working, despite not getting a paycheck.

"Hopefully, they will be paid once the government opens back up, but at least for the moment, we haven't seen any impact on our operations, whether it's security or FAA related. Everything is pretty much as normal," Jensen told ABC FOX Montana.

Jensen added that management is developing long-term security plans if the government remains shutdown as the busy holiday travel season approaches.

Meantime, he said there have been no hiccups on two construction projects that are costing $8.5M federal dollars.

One is a replacement and expansion of a ramp near Neptune aviation to park and service more airplanes.

The other is an expansion and remodeling of the operations building, which houses large snow removal equipment.

"Luckily, these projects, or both of these projects, were funded prior to the shutdown, so at least for the moment we are able to process payments through the grant program, and we haven't seen an impact on the projects yet."

Phase One of the expansion of the Operations Building is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.  Phase Two of the project, which will be to remodel the existing Operations Building, is expected to start in January.

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