WASHINGTON Feb 22 The U.S. air travel system
faces widespread disruptions if automatic government spending
cuts go into effect next week, Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood said on Friday in an effort to press congressional
lawmakers to delay the cuts.
LaHood painted a dismal picture of delayed and canceled
flights, shuttered control towers, and irate air travelers from
coast to coast if across-the-board spending cuts are allowed to
take place under the process known as sequestration.
"Flights to major cities like New York, Chicago and San
Francisco and others could experience delays of up to 90 minutes
during peak hours," he told reporters at the White House.
"Delays in these major airports will ripple across the country."