The term sequestration has certainly become a four-letter word for many across the country - and now you can count business and regular traveling public among those hating its impact.
The Federal Aviation administration today issued a blunt statement on the impact of sequestration on the nation's air traffic control system which this week begain furloughing about 10% of air traffic controllers for 2 days or so per month. It reads an s follows:
As a result of employee furloughs due to sequestration, the FAA is implementing traffic management initiatives at airports and facilities around the country. Travelers can expect to see a wide range of delays that will change throughout the day depending on staffing and weather related issues. For example, the FAA is experiencing staffing challenges at the New York and Los Angeles En Route Centers and at the Dallas-Ft. Worth and Las Vegas TRACONs [Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities].
Yesterday more than 1,200 delays in the system were attributable to staffing reductions resulting from the furlough. There were more than 1,400 additional delays as a result of weather and other factors.
Controllers will space planes farther apart so they can manage traffic with current staff, which will lead to delays at airports including DFW, Las Vegas and LAX. The FAA also expects delays at Newark and LaGuardia because of weather and winds. The FAA will continue to work with the airlines throughout the day to try and minimize delays for travelers. We encourage all travelers to check their flight status and also to visit fly.faa.gov for the latest airport delay information.
Just another case of your government looking out for what's best. Yes that's a joke. What do you think?
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