Spending Cuts Air Traffic

The sequester's budget cuts could affect flights across the country as the FAA furloughs kick in.

FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson reports from Washington:

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The head of the Air Traffic Controllers' Union says somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 of his members are staying home each day as the sequestration furloughs finally hit the FAA. And the knock-on delays could really pile up starting today. The start of the work week. The government reports a few delays yesterday, but air traffic generally moved smoothly around the nation. The furloughs are set to last through the end of September, saving the FAA about $200 million.

In Washington, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.

Flight Delays

Word of the delays is getting out, and it's keeping some flyers sitting around at airports for even longer.

FOX News Radio's Jessica Rosenthal checked out the delays at Los Angeles International:

FAA Flight Delays

Many people arrived here early - like an extra hour early - just in case.  They heard budget cuts were beginning to result in furlough days for air traffic controllers.  Many here believe this did not have to happen, and they think it's a stunt:

(Flyers) "So the public notices it and there's a public outcry against the sequestration.  I mean, that's why I think they're doing it." // "There's other places they could've cut it.  I mean, that's a safety issue for people flying."

The FAA says they have to furlough all employees and that there was no other way to deal with the more than $600 million in cuts they had to make.

At LAX, Jessica Rosenthal, FOX News Radio.