Sequester keeps you grounded: Flight delays

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Sequester keeps you grounded: Flight delays

CREATED Apr. 22, 2013

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) The sequester is slowing you down: This time, your flight and countless others could be delayed. 

The FAA said budget cuts left no choice but to furlough all 47,000 employees, including nearly 15,000 air traffic controllers. Now, every employee will lose one day of work every two weeks. 

Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country on Sunday, the first day controllers were subject to furloughs, but experts say the first real test is Monday when traffic increases. 

The nightmarish flight delays and cancellations that the airline industry predicted would result from the furloughs have not materialized yet.

"I don't think the sequester should ever touch anything with public transport, that doesn't sound like a very safe thing for me," said Julia Clancy-Smith, a traveler at Tucson International Airport.

The trade group Airlines for America, which represents the airlines and had predicted a big traffic snarl, says it will continue to monitor the situation.

You can check the status of your flight here.