Furloughs delay passengers at major airports
Denise Wong & Stacey Gualandi
Starting today, those who choose to travel by plane could start feeling the brunt of federal budget cuts.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Starting today, those who choose to travel by plane could start feeling the brunt of federal budget cuts.
Furloughs have started for air traffic controllers around the country and airlines are predicting a lot of flight delays and cancellations.
The furloughs actually started yesterday but the real test comes today when air traffic increases.
Some flights outs of New York and Washington, D.C., were delayed by more than two hours this morning. Los Angeles International Airport has also reported up to three hours delay.
The FAA said it had to cut 10 percent of its staffing because of the government spending cuts.
That means furloughs for all 47,000 agency employees, which includes 15,000 air traffic controllers who have to take an unpaid day off every other week.
Airline trade groups and the country's biggest pilots union sued the FAA to try to stop the furloughs.
They predicted that these cuts would delay or cancel flights for as many as one of every three passengers across the country.
So far, there have not been any major problems at McCarran International Airport although a few travelers have reported slight delays.