Friday, December 26, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Follow NY1 News on Facebook Follow NY1 News on Google+ Subscribe to this news feed 


Furlough Delays Cause Frustration At Area Airports

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: Furlough Delays Cause Frustration At Area Airports
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

out of 10

Free Video Views Remaining

To get you to the stories you care about, we are offering everyone 10 video views per month.

Access to our video is always free for Time Warner Cable video customers who login with their TWC ID.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

Air travelers endured delays throughout Monday as the effects of federal budget cuts kick in at airports here in the city and across the nation.

Area airports saw some delays late Sunday, the first day of furloughs of air traffic controllers resulting from the spending cuts.

Things worsened Monday as air traffic ramped up.

The Federal Aviation Administration says controllers could be furloughed up to 11 days through September as it looks to cut costs.

Travelers at LaGuardia told NY1 they were feeling the effects. The Associated Press reported Monday that nearly a third of all flights from LaGuardia that were supposed to leave before 3 p.m. had delays of 15 minutes or more.

By comparison, only 6 percent of LaGuardia flights were delayed a week before, according to the AP.

"It slowed us down yesterday, I had to fly out this morning because I couldn't get out...the flights weren't on time yesterday. My flight was flying to Dallas-Fort Worth and coming into Philadelphia, and because the first flight was delayed it couldn't stack up, it wouldn't work - so, that's why I'm here talking to you right now," said one traveler.

"I think that the people of the United States should be up in arms about this. I mean, this is not our fault, they can just not get their job done there? And, so, we have to suffer just like with everything else, it's not fair to any of us who have to travel," said another traveler.

Some travelers, though, were understanding and said something's got to give.

"The government has to cut somewhere," said one traveler.

"There's not really anything I can do about it at the moment though, so just take it as it is," said another traveler.

Sen. Charles Schumer said the delays could hurt the area's economy because travelers may decide not to fly here.

He's calling on Congress to step in and stop furloughs, and is pushing a Senate plan to end the budget cuts.

Got A Transit Tip?

Do you have a news tip or story idea about the city's transit systems? Send an email to NY1 Transit Reporter Jose Martinez. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP