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McCarran employees expect to receive furlough notices soon

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McCarran employees expect to receive furlough notices soon

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Mar 6, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- More than 200 employees of the Federal Administration Aviation at McCarran International Airport are among the 47,000 nationwide who are being given 15 days to respond to furlough notices.

The notices were issued because of the automatic budget cuts that recently took effect. The employees that receive notices have to tell their supervisors which days they will take as unpaid leave between April 7 and Sept. 30.

That equals one unpaid day per pay period. The furloughs are required to help reduce FAA's spending budget by $600 million.

The Transportation Security Administration sent the following statement to Action News this morning:

"As sequestration takes effect, travelers can expect to see lines and wait times increase as reductions to overtime and the inability to backfill positions for attrition begin to occur this month.

While wait times can vary on a number of factors, due to the reductions mandated by sequestration, TSA will put in place a hiring freeze, which will result in up to an additional 1,000 TSO vacancies by Memorial Day Weekend and up to 2,600 vacancies by the end of the fiscal year.

With TSA staffing levels decreasing over time, we expect that during busy travel periods wait times exceeding 30-40 minutes could double at nearly all of the largest airports. In addition, passengers who schedule their travel outside of peak flight schedules and plan to arrive close to their scheduled flight time may see their wait times now reach 30 minutes or more."

McCarran spokesperson Chris Jones added that they "hope there is flexibilty with the furloughs so that there are no problems during their peak season."

McCarran International Airport was ranked the seventh-busiest airport in the nation in 2011.

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.