Nightly News   |  April 22, 2013

Federal budget cuts create flight delays

Air traffic controller furloughs is resulting in fewer controllers, leading the FAA to warn travelers to expect delays of up to 3.5 hours in Atlanta, more than two hours in Chicago and one hour and twenty minutes in LaGuardia. NBC’s Rehema Ellis reports.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>>> washington all across this country. we have heard a lot about the so-called sequester budget cuts. cancelled white house tours and cancelled air shows this summer. but now the american people as a whole just might take further notice because now the sequester is responsible for delaying airline flights across this country. rehema ellis is at laguardia airport in new york with the story. good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. passengers here at laguardia and elsewhere are experiencing delays coming and going. one example today, the 8:00 a.m . washington to new york shuttle was delayed on the runway in washington and didn't take off until close to 10:00 in the morning. airline officials say as many of the widespread delays today are likely the result of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester. and why? well, one way that the f.a.a. is dealing with its share of cutbacks is by furloughing air traffic controllers saying on any given day 10% of the 15,000 controllers could be on furlough. with fewer controllers but the same number of flights the f.a.a. and the airlines have been warning travellers about the possibility of delays. up to three and a half hours in atlanta. more than two hours in chicago. an hour and 20 minutes at laguardia . the f.a.a. says as long as the sequester is in effect, the delays could last through the summer, which is the busy travel season. brian?

>> rehema ellis at laguardia for