Air Traffic System Back to Normal Tomorrow

FAA suspends furloughs after fix by Congress

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 27, 2013 12:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – The FAA says it has suspended all employee furloughs, meaning the nation's air traffic system will resume normal operations by tomorrow evening. The announcement comes a day after Congress passed legislation to allow the agency to withdraw the furloughs, which were originally mandated in the sequester cuts. The furloughs started to hit air traffic controllers this week, causing flight delays that left thousands of travelers frustrated and furious. Republicans accused the Obama administration of forcing the furloughs to raise public pressure on Congress to roll back the budget cuts. The White House complains the FAA fix left the rest of the cuts intact. (See some big-ticket items affected here.)

A passenger sits at right in the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson airport Friday in Atlanta.   (David Goldman)
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