FAA Work Slowdown

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Mike, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Politico: Huerta, LaHood: Delays coming Sunday - Outcries from Hill, aviation groups (Apr 19 2013)

    SUNDAY WON’T BE FUNDAY FOR CONTROLLERS: Air traffic controler furloughs start Sunday — which means travelers could see delays next week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA head Michael Huerta said yesterday at a quickly arranged presser at DOT. Atlanta led the list with an estimated maximum delay of 210 minutes but an average of 11.3; Chicago O’Hare, troublesome on a normal day, is projected to have the worst average delay at 50 minutes with a maximum of 132. Huerta said it was up to the airlines to figure out how to deal with the new constrained system but said it would be akin to “weather events all around the country all at once.” Kathryn with a Team MT assist: http://politi.co/13qOpOI

    Politico: DOT: Prepare for air delays early next week (Apr 18 2013)

    Weeks of dire predictions of clogged airports will become real for travelers next week as the FAA cuts back on air traffic controllers because of the sequester, the Obama administration said Thursday. Wait times for some unlucky flyers at the nation’s busiest airports could soar to as much as three-and-a-half hours, the administration’s worst-case estimate for Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport ...
     
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    FAA is blaming sequester for a current work slowdown that is having a major impact on the Air Traffic Control system, delaying flights up to three hours at major airports and will impact the whole country in time.

    Federal Furloughs Hit Nation's Biggest Airports...
    LAX Flights Delayed Up To 3 Hours...
    JFK, LGA, ORD, PHL, SFO, FLL...
    4-Hour Delays Expected...

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013...s-creating-traffic-nightmares-for-passengers/

     
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    We literally already have the memo on why this is happening. Make the public feel the pain. Same thing as local politics. If the voters won't give you more money, start selling the firetrucks. Whilst keeping deadweight do-nothing cousin vinny on the job down in the back office.

    what's the point of this? the country is dead broke, spending trillions it does not have. there is no more money to give them. If you folks have pensions, IRAs, 401ks, you'd best be getting very nervous.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Bloomberg: Air Travelers Poised for More Delays Amid Furloughs

    Some flights to New York’s LaGuardia and New Jersey’s Newark airports ran almost two hours late as winds exacerbated congestion at 1:15 p.m. local time, the Federal Aviation Administration said on its travel website. Washington-area airports had hour-long delays because of staffing, the FAA said.

    ... Today’s disruptions followed more than 1,200 delays yesterday attributable to the furloughs, the FAA said in a statement.

    ...​

    Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) canceled 90 flights yesterday flown by its regional partners to help ease congestion, while delays on remaining flights were typically 60 to 90 minutes long, executives said on a conference call.​

    ...​

    About 53 percent of LaGuardia flights were delayed yesterday ...
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Newser: And the Airport Delays Begin...

    All three major NYC-area airports saw flights falling behind schedule yesterday and, as the Washington Post puts it, air traffic controllers "never caught up," with delays clocking in at between one and three hours. Backups at those three airports have the unfortunate tendency to reverberate, and delays started hitting Miami, Los Angeles, and Charlotte in the latter part of the day.
     
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    And so it will go, until adults are running both Congress & the White House ...

    Washington Post: Flights are delayed at major East Coast airports as sequester-related furloughs begin

    With about 10 percent of the controllers who direct 23,000 planes a day scheduled to be off daily until October, both industry and government officials forecast that the effect would snowball as the nation enters peak travel season.

    Short on staff and besieged by brisk winds at the three big New York area airports, controllers fell behind by mid-morning Monday and never caught up. The Newark, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports reported delays of one to three hours.
    Most flights from the major Washington area airports ran close to on time, but some headed to New York faced long delays on the ground.

    When New York’s three mega-airports fall behind schedule, that often has a ripple effect as far as the West Coast. By mid-afternoon Monday, flights into the US Airways hub in Charlotte were late in arriving; by evening, airports in Miami and Los Angeles reported lengthy delays ...
     
  7. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    On the news this morning a woman said she missed her cruise because her flight was delayed because of the furloughs and although she had purchased insurance the insurance company said it wouldn't cover this because it was caused by the FAA.
     
  8. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member


    and THAT, boys and girls, is why we have lawyers...

    (Can you imagine the sh*tstorm now occurring in the travel insurance business? )
     
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

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  10. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    That didn't take long: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/bill-faa-furloughs-heads-house-article-1.1328039

    Congress easily approved legislation Friday ending furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily, infuriating travelers and causing political headaches for lawmakers.
    The House approved the measure on a 361-41 vote, a day after the Senate swiftly agreed to the bill. The vote came as lawmakers prepared to leave town for a weeklong spring recess, a break that would have been less pleasant if they were confronted by constituents upset over travel delays.


     
  11. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Why does anyone believe that Congressional actions regarding the FAA "slowdown" vis a vis the "sequester" have anything at all to do with their constituency's complaints?

    I'd bet that it's more related to their deep-pockets "contributors" (read: owners) complaining that their private jets are being delayed for takeoff.
     
  12. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The airlines have the Honorable:D Congresscritters in their collective pockets. All it took was a warning that their money was going to be sequestered too.
     

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