Looming budget cuts would mean long lines, delays at airport

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Utah air travelers are bracing for more headaches at airports everywhere.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Utah air travelers are bracing for more headaches at airports everywhere.

Congress has to agree to a budget by March 1, when more than $85 billion dollars in funding is stripped from federal agencies over the next seven months.

Those forced budget cuts, could lead to some massive headaches the next time you fly.

The cuts would cut the number of TSA workers, meaning a slower screening process.

“That's terrible, who wants to wait in even longer lines than we have now?” said Deven Rawe, of Orem.

Flights could also be delayed and canceled more often. The Federal Aviation Administration is facing a $600 million funding cut. That means the FAA's 47,000 employees would be forced to take one furlough day per pay period. There would be fewer people in that tower helping flights come in and leave on time.

None of this will happen if lawmakers in Washington come to a compromise on a budget deal before next week’s deadline.

If the cuts happen, they won't be felt until weeks or months after that. The federal government will give employees 30 days notice. That means the first furloughs cannot happen until March 31at the earliest.
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