FAA says air travel system to be normal Sunday night

Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:56pm EDT

1 of 2. A long line of passengers wait to enter the security checkpoint before boarding their aircraft at Reagan National Airport in Washington, April 25, 2013.

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(Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Saturday it had suspended all employee furloughs and that it expects the U.S. air travel system to return to normal by Sunday evening Eastern Time.

The suspension follows passage on Friday of a bill allowing the agency to shift money within its budget to halt furloughs of air-traffic controllers that started April 21.

The furloughs, prompted by automatic budget cuts, caused thousands of flight delays and hundreds of cancellations throughout the week. The FAA said in a statement on Saturday that it expects staffing to return to normal levels over the next 24 hours.

Airports around the country were reporting that flights were arriving and departing on time at 1 p.m. EDT, with the exception of San Francisco, where arrivals were delayed 44 minutes on average because of construction, the FAA said.

Earlier on Saturday, President Barack Obama chided Republicans in his weekly radio address for approving a plan to ease air-traffic delays while leaving untouched budget cuts that affect children and the elderly.

Congressman Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a Republican from Pennsylvania, said the FAA could have complied with the automatic budget cuts, known as sequester, in a way that avoided inconveniencing travelers.

(Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Harry079 wrote:
“President Barack Obama chided Republicans in his weekly radio address for approving a plan to ease air-traffic delays while leaving untouched budget cuts that affect children and the elderly.”

Has the President checked to see who signed the bill into law that caused all this before he start pointing fingers?

Hey if it’s bad for children and elderly now is surely must have been bad for them back in August 2011 right?

Oh that’s right that they just got a $1.5 trillion raise in the debt limit and there was an election to win.

Apr 27, 2013 3:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
50cal wrote:

Yeah, it is getting harder and harder for him to hide isn’t it? The taxes went after the rich, HE says the cuts go after the poor but the REALITY of it all is….the middleclass are the ones hurting the MOST. FACT! And he CAMPAIGNED for whom? You got it. Bottom line, the middle class, military, economy, education, industry, commerce, and trade ARE the strength of this country and he has systematically weekend, undermined, and in some cases destroyed much of our base. I will not even go into the unity and morality that is now pretty much non-existent. Remember, “United We Stand”? GONE! GET IT YET?! And you know, we were told he was, is, and will continue to do it. I do not care what race, ethnicity, religion, age, or social class you are we ALL are going to start suffering now…it is not Reps, Dems, Independents, Liberals, Conservatives or, Middle of the roaders….it is obama! obama has his own agenda and it is NOT what is best for The United State of America. WAKE UP!

Apr 27, 2013 4:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
breezinthru wrote:
So Congress can just go through the budget line by line until they determine where to allocate money and where not to allocate money?

Apr 27, 2013 11:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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