Airlines aren’t shy about blaming Congress for flight delays

A United Airlines jet departs in view of the air traffic control tower at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Seattle. A day after flight delays plagued much of the U.S., air travel is smoother Tuesday. But the government is warning passengers that the situation can change by the hour as it runs the nation's air traffic control system with a smaller staff. Airlines and members of Congress urged the Federal Aviation Administration to find other ways to make mandatory budget cuts besides furloughing controllers. While delays haven't been terrible yet, the airlines are worried about the long-term impact late flights will have on their budgets and on fliers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


Airlines aren't shy about blaming Congress for flight delays

Flying soon? Along with instructions in case of a water landing, you may also hear about federal spending cuts.The Federal Aviation Administration is cutting hours for air traffic controllers due to automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. That's led to delays at larger airports from Los Angeles to New York.Airlines are not being shy about blaming the government for flight problems either.In recent days, airlines such as Frontier and JetBlue have emailed frequent fliers warnings that budget cuts could mean …

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