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Frequent changes and issues relating to the airline industry have again thrust the airlines into the spotlight for the millions of passengers who fly everyday to destinations around the globe. In 2012, budget cuts to put in place by Congress became a reality on Sunday as the FAA has begun furlough many of its almost 15,000 air traffic controllers one day per two week pay period. Though many believed that the lines would be long and massive delays would be felt in airlines throughout the U.S., delays were minimal and not completely the fault of the furlough. The FAA reported that on Sunday, roughly 400 delays occurred as a result of the furlough and by Monday, one report said that the number of delays was almost 5000 with the weather, maintenance and delays combined. While up to 10 percent of the control tower staffing may well become an issue as travel continues to rise throughout the coming summer months, the point is, nay saying aside, the worst did not occur.
The problem is that delays are already inevitable as enhanced security and large numbers of travelers created almost 3000 delays in just one day in 2012. The FAA is predicting with the current cuts however, delays on busy days could be almost double that of the worst day in 2012. While the furloughs alone have now shown to not be significant enough on their own to create delays, one needs to remember that April is not necessarily a busy month in the travel world. Come July, things could be much different. It looks like we will all just have to wait and see what happens.
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