FAA Furloughs Kick in, Flight Delays Reported

Multiple commercial airline flights starting backing up and delayed some travelers Monday, one day after air traffic controllers started going on furlough because of government cuts. According to the FAA website, airports such as John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Westchester County have reported delays due to lower staffing starting late Sunday evening. NBCLA reported that flights into the Los Angeles International Airport were delayed an average of three hours Sunday night but were moving on time by midnight. LAX is still expecting, though, 20 fewer landing flights an hour, NBCLA reported. The furloughs were put in place by Congress as part of last year's $637 million sequester. FAA officials have said they have no choice but to require that 47,000 agency employees, including nearly 15,000 controllers, lose one day of work every other week. Airline trade groups and the country’s biggest pilots union responded by suing the FAA Friday to try and stop the furloughs, The Associated Press reported.

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