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AAA's travel advice on government shutdown

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

With the House and Senate failing to come to an agreement on a federal budget, AAA is offering advice on how the federal government shutdown may impact travelers.

Those who are flying should not expect delays related to the shutdown, as air traffic controllers are considered 'essential employees.

There will also be no changes regarding the federal government operations that support national security, such as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), aviation operations like passenger screening and border patrol agents.

If you're applying for a passport, however, processing centers and all activities surrounding that passport process will likely be suspended. During the last government shutdown in 1996, approximately 20,000 to 30,000 applications by foreigners for visas reportedly went unprocessed each day.

In addition, 200,000 U.S. applications for passports reportedly went unprocessed, and U.S. tourist industries and airlines sustained millions of dollars in lost revenue, according to AAA.

National parks, Smithsonian museums and federal monuments are closed to the public. Any overnight guests have been notified and given time to relocate outside of national parks. Those with a booked tour at one of these locations should contact their travel agent or travel provider to see what alternate options are available.

AAA recommends those scheduled to visit a national park or facility managed by the federal government call ahead or click here to confirm the park is open to the public.

In addition, the State Department advises regularly checking www.travel.state.gov for updates on passport processing information during a shutdown.

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