Is the government shutdown affecting your travel plans? It's affecting mine. My wife has an essential job, so she hasn't been furloughed. That means that she has to report to work to get paid. If she misses a day, or a week, no salary. She's not in the habit of taking an unpaid vacation. Well, we have travel plans that I may have to cancel if the government doesn't re-open for business anytime soon. Good thing these award tickets were booked on Southwest. Since this is the Travel forum and not Omni, my question to you: Has the government shutdown affected your travel plans?