Government Sequester Delays Travelers

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Notice any increased delays at the airport this weekend? Expect things to only get worse as this past Saturday began the first day of the dreaded budget cuts—from the could-have-been-avoided sequester—that have seen airports put personnel, including air-traffic controllers, on leave. While good weather and a lighter air-traffic day prevented major delays on Saturday, airports, including heavily trafficked JFK, LGA, and LAX, are expecting delays to get worse throughout the week. The FAA sent out warnings to travelers to allow more time at the airport because of “staffing issues” throughout the week. According to the WSJ: “The agency last week told the nation’s airlines that some 6,700 daily flights touching 13 of the busiest U.S. airports could be delayed by being held on the ground before takeoff or slowed while en route to destinations. This could cascade into problems at smaller airports nationwide, experts said. The delays at the big, affected airports could range from just minutes to several hours, the FAA said.”

 

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