Big delays expected at airports today as FAA furloughs take effect

Long flight delays are expected at airports across the country today due to the sequester-mandated furloughs of air traffic controllers.

Delays more than two hours are expected at busy airports like O’Hare.

One air travel groups says travelers can expect to see up to 6,000 flight delays every day.

faaThe reason for the slowdown nationwide is that the FAA on Sunday started furloughing some of its almost 15,000 air traffic controllers.

The move is in compliance with the 10 percent automatic sequestration cuts that the government put in place for all federal agencies if a budget deal were not reached between Congress and the Obama administration.

FAA staffing is being reduced this week at airport control towers and other air traffic facilities that direct aircraft. Controllers must take at least on paid day off during each two-week period.

Officials with the pilots union and the air traffic controllers union say safety will not be compromised.

Senator Charles Schumer, (D) NY, says the cuts must stop and he is calling on his colleagues in Congress to come together and put an end to the sequester.

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