Canadian Air Traffic Controllers Are Sending Pizza to U.S. Colleagues

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 14, 2019

Mark Sheehy, an air traffic controller in New Hampshire, tweeted pictures of the pizzas and his thanks for, "our brothers from the north sending love and solidarity".

The partial government shutdown has now become the longest in U.S. history.

"Air traffic control is a very stressful job", he said.

Ever since controllers in Edmonton reportedly ordered pizzas for their colleagues in Anchorage, Alaska on Thursday, Canadian control centers have sent pizzas to 35 US units including those in Boston, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Cleveland.

Canadian air traffic controllers have bought hundreds of pizzas for their American counterparts over the past few days in what has become an industry-wide show of support during the USA government's partial shutdown.

Ron Singer, media relations manager for Nav Canada, the corporation that employs Canadian controllers, said all seven of Canada's control centers and numerous country's 40 airport control towers have sent pizza to their American colleagues.

"It was a true grassroots movement", Mr Duffy said, explaining that the initiative started with a few Canadian controllers wanting to show their colleagues across the border in Anchorage, Alaska, that they were thinking of them.

Pointed out by the news outlet, a notice was posted up in the hallway of the centre heralding the arrival of 32 pies courtesy of the Canadian Air Traffic Controller Association (CATCA). "We have had one individual who donated C$500 (£377) and said "find as many places as you can that need some pizza".

Why is there a shutdown?

President Trump is refusing to approve a budget unless it includes $5.7bn (£4.5bn) funding for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico along the Mexican border. Democrats have rejected his request for $5.7bn (£4.5bn).

Around a quarter of the federal government is out of operation due to the shutdown.

On Friday, the affected federal workers - including prison guards, airport staff and FBI agents - missed their first salaries of the year. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.

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