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Will a Government Shutdown Affect Your Travel Plans?

By April 6, 2011

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It might, depending on your itinerary and travel dates. Here's what we know so far:

If a shutdown takes effect, national parks, monuments and historic sites will close, effective Saturday, April 9, according to WTOP News Radio in Washington, D. C. The Smithsonian Institution and National Zoo in Washington, D. C. will close. Passport applications will not be processed until the shutdown is over.

Air traffic controllers and TSA security screeners will report to work as scheduled. Social Security benefits will still be paid. Federal law enforcement operations should continue as usual.

Many federal agencies are still developing shutdown plans, so all the effects of a government shutdown are not known at this time, including the status of National Passport Day in the USA, currently scheduled for Saturday, April 9. Look for updates as we receive more travel-related shutdown details.

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