Thursday, April 18, 2013

Expect Travel Delays

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and his staff have briefed the public, warning of significant delays in air travel next week. Sunday will mark the start of FAA furloughs, and there is concern that not enough air traffic controllers will be working to support operation of all runways.

Air travelers are cautioned to expect delays of 10-30 minutes at most airports, with very heavy delays at 13 major airports: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, O’Hare, Midway, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Charlotte. These could be anywhere from 45-210 minutes depending on the location.

There is some controversy over whether this is where the spending cuts should come from within the Federal Aviation Administration; eyebrows have been raised at projects such as uniform purchases and other costs that could be set aside to prevent furloughing. But for now, passengers should expect delays as the FAA works to ensure safety on airlines.

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