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FAA Furloughs Have Begun Impacting Flight Times

Bradley International AirportWINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WGGB) — Mandatory budget cuts are now taking a toll at airports across the country as FAA furloughs could lead to huge delays.

We found out today how travelers at Bradley International Airport are dealing with it.

Sunday was the first day that the FAA furloughs were felt. While there were no widespread delays, some folks did hit a snag.

Clement Lewin of Orange, CT told ABC40, “My wife came in yesterday from Nashville to LaGuardia Airport and their flight was actually delayed by 45 minutes, half an hour, which meant I had to wait to pick her up and that was because of the furlough it was a little annoying.”

On Monday, the first high traffic day for airports nationwide, there weren’t very many travel delays.  But that may change.

Because of sequester cuts 15,000 air traffic controllers are losing a day of pay every other week.

According to the FAA that means planes would take off and land less frequently so that the controllers who are working won’t get overwhelmed.

Places like Chicago and Atlanta, there could be flight delays of up to 2 hours because of the furloughs. But travelers here at Bradley International aren’t that worried about it.

“We’re always concerned about catching a plane. With everything that’s going on right now, there may be some delays and we’re ready for it,” says Steven Bitner who’s travelling to Chicago, IL.

We also spoke with Shelley Davis who was on her way to Jacksonville, FL and she told us, “I got here super early, so far, no worries, no delays.”

And travelling to Orlando, FL was Janet Berthiaume who says, “we’ve been waiting to take this trip, just got here, checked our flight, we’re finding out that it’s on time, so we’re all set to go!”

The FAA advises customers who are concerned about delays to check their interactive map which you can find by clicking here.  It shows how long travelers can expect to wait.

The furloughs are expected to last through the end of September.


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