Flight delays 'likely' as FAA begins to furlough controllers

It looks like President Obama is going to get the mess in air travel that he predicted when the sequester began. UPI: Travelers can expect U.S. flight delays starting Monday as air-traffic controllers take furloughs required under federal-sequester budget cuts, officials said. "It will make flying on a normal day seem like you're flying in blizzard weather," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaking at New York's LaGuardia Airport, said of the nation's most congested facilities on a normal day. The furloughs, which began Sunday but didn't cause many delays because of light air travel, are tied to $85 billion in across-the-board cuts known as the sequester. The Federal Aviation Administration told the nation's airlines last week some 6,700 flights a day, or nearly a third of all U.S. flights, could be delayed at 13 of the busiest U.S. airports. The delays would come from planes being held on the ground before takeoff or slowed while en route to destinations, the FAA said. The...(Read Full Post)