Veterans participating in the Never Forgotten Honor Flight trips will have fewer airport hassles during their memorial viewing mission, thanks to something included in the spending bill passed recently by Congress and signed by the President this week.
The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, instituted security checks after the 9-11 attacks that are physically challenging for many elderly or disabled people, such as removing belts, shoes, and going through pat-downs before boarding airplanes.
One group that had a close eye on the federal government shutdown was the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization. The group flies northern and central Wisconsin veterans to their service memorials in Washington, D.C.
The government shutdown halted federal workers from helping at the sites. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says they were going to fly the mostly Korean War vets to the nation's capitol even if the shutdown dragged on. With the government back up and running, the flight will proceed as planned.
Campbell spoke with Ken Krall about next Monday's flight.