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Expect delays at airports as FAA furloughs begin

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Updated: 4/22/2013 8:24 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- FAA furloughs began this week and that means big delays should be happening at airports across the country. Officials expect spending cuts could mean thousands of delays at the largest airports. That has a way of trickling down to Las Vegas where McCarran is the eighth-largest airport in the country. Travelers expect they will experience delays and have different attitudes about it.

Vivian Howard travels at least once a week as a recruiter across the country. The furloughs make her uneasy with her rigid work schedule.

“I have meetings set up. I have appointments set up. I have people waiting on me, so that's definitely going to cause a big problem in my business,” Howard said.

Air traffic controllers will be required to take a furlough day every two weeks.

"It's like equating a tollbooth on the highway. If you have 10 tollbooths and you only open eight of them, Traffic is going to back up," said Victor Santore, vice president of the Air Traffic Controllers Union in Atlanta.

Tony Curtis, who has traveled to Las Vegas, says people will just have to plan ahead as the furlough impact sets in.

“I think you need to look ahead and be prepared in case there are going to be delays and stuff in the traffic flights in the planes coming and going and I think you need to, I think you're going to have to allow yourself more time at the airports because of it,” Curtis said.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi in a statement said:

"Our nation’s aviation system should never have been allowed to be turned into the political football that it has become. In any other circumstance, our work is considered essential. It should be now as well.”

While airports experience delays, at least one traveler we met, Tim Clark says what difference does that make in a post 9/11 world?

“After so long a period of waiting it doesn't matter anymore. It’s like it is the way it is. I fully expect it before the sequestration that I would have a delay and I might not come in until the next day. It’s going to be the same thing now so,” Clark said.
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