And the Airport Delays Begin...
Air traffic controllers, TSA workers, customs workers go on furlough
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2013 9:22 AM CDT
Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International airport in Los Angeles Monday, April 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – Here we go: Those promised airport delays, the result of furloughs caused by the sequester, have arrived. All three major NYC-area airports saw flights falling behind schedule yesterday and, as the Washington Post puts it, air traffic controllers "never caught up," with delays clocking in at between one and three hours. Backups at those three airports have the unfortunate tendency to reverberate, and delays started hitting Miami, Los Angeles, and Charlotte in the latter part of the day.

Why? Air traffic controllers—1,500 of them—went on furlough; TSA and customs furloughs also caused backups at some airports. About 10% of all air traffic controllers will be off each day until October, and the FAA predicts one-third of passengers will experience delays during that time. Here's some really awful context: Airlines for America reports that the FAA estimates delays could hit 6,700 flights a day; last year's worst travel day saw 3,000 flights delayed due to weather.

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MisterPlinkett
Apr 23, 2013 9:43 PM CDT
Get rid of 100% of the TSA and the flights will move smooth as butter.
XFACTOR
Apr 23, 2013 9:27 PM CDT
After reading all this pro's & con's, I can see why the USA is going to hell. To many morons are speaking and not enough law makers paying attention, they don't want to hear the morons of the USA. Sad day in America.
K.KRANK
Apr 23, 2013 7:54 PM CDT
Ah, here we go, now we're getting somewhere. Finally beginning to starve the beast. As long as the 1% have their own private jets & airports & can hire their own air traffic controllers to get them in & out their airports, they have nothing to worry about & much to appreciate as their taxes continue to go down in 'Merica lol The rest of you unwashed masses will just have to wait in longer lines LOL