Five things to know about FAA furloughs

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  1. sobore
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    Kate Peterson's Tuesday morning flight from Baltimore to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had to land at nearby Dallas Love Field because it was running low on fuel.

    When the management consultant contacted CNN, her airplane was still waiting to get refueled before taking off for the other airport in Dallas. The Montgomery Village, Maryland, resident still needed to make a connecting flight to Midland, Texas, to meet with a client. She made it at 4 p.m. EDT but lost most of the work day because of the delay.

    Although shifting winds were first blamed for the delay, "the captain clearly said 'personnel issues' with air traffic control, which he's certain we've all heard about in the news, were surely playing a big part in the problem," wrote Peterson, via e-mail.

    This kind of flight delay may be coming to an airport near you. Furloughs of all Federal Aviation Administration employees, including its 15,000 air traffic controllers, started Sunday, part of government-wide spending cuts that took effect last month.

    Some 1,200 flight delays on Monday were attributable to staffing reductions resulting from furloughs, and 1,400 additional delays were because of the weather and other factors, according to the FAA.
    Here are five things you should know:

    Unfortunately for travelers, predicting delays is tricky

    The nation's large hub airports will face "heavy to moderate delays," FAA chief Michael Huerta said last week.

    Delays are likely to ripple to other airports and will vary depending on the weather, airport staffing levels, traffic volume and how the airport is configured, the FAA says.

    Last week the FAA announced the results of a case study of six airports likely to be affected by the furloughs. They include all three New York-area airports, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The agency is planning to release predictions for other airports.

    Bottom line: The situation is very fluid.

    "So far the furlough-related delays have been sporadic, all over the country at different types of facilities from individual airports to radar control centers," said Mark Duell, vice president of operations for flight tracking site FlightAware.

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    We appreciate them for being the most transparent agency with their blackmail plans. :rolleyes:
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  3. General_Flyer
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    I'd rather blackmail the Senate and Congress to get their acts together than the general public.. Those people needs to get their asses rimmed every once in a while..

    *With no offense to anyone here* :)
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