Falling off a cliff is not all bad. Courier-Journal: Smooth air travel expected, despite fiscal cliff If that should happen, the FAA could be forced to close more than 100 smaller airports because they'd have fewer air-traffic controllers, according to separate reports by a former congressional aide and a current lawmaker. This part of it might be problematic. If these are airports with scheduled air service, that would really wreck havoc with the airline schedules and might push a few towards bankruptcy or dissolution. Remember that they would still have to service the debt on a fleet that can't fly its intended routes. And, they warn, the TSA could lay off thousands of baggage screeners, which could force the agency to abandon full-body screening for hundreds of thousands of passengers at airports each day....At airports that remain open, TSA would lose more than $640 million from its $8 billion budget, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The cuts include $429 million for aviation security and $79 million for air marshals, who fly undercover to thwart hijackings. I don't consider this aspect of it to a any problem whatsoever although I'd suggest dumping the Gropenfrauen first and permanently.