In an Aug. 9, 2011 photo, passengers arrive at the Morgantown Municipal 

In an Aug. 9, 2011 photo, passengers arrive at the Morgantown Municipal Airport in Morgantown, W.Va.  The fight over subsidies to rural air carriers was a key sticking point that led to the recent political standoff in Washington that temporarily shut down the Federal Aviation Administration, putting thousands out of work. The subsidy, called the Essential Air Program, was created when airlines were deregulated in 1978 to ensure continued service on less-profitable routes to remote communities. The Essential Air Service program costs $200 million out of the roughly $3.7 trillion federal budget.  (AP Photo/Vicki Smith)
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In an Aug. 9, 2011 photo, passengers arrive at the Morgantown Municipal Airport in Morgantown, W.Va. The fight over subsidies to rural air carriers was a key sticking point that led to the recent political standoff in Washington that temporarily shut down the Federal Aviation Administration, putting thousands out of work. The subsidy, called the Essential Air Program, was created when airlines were deregulated in 1978 to ensure continued service on less-profitable routes to remote communities. The Essential Air Service program costs $200 million out of the roughly $3.7 trillion federal budget. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith)
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