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Sequestration leading to significant air travel delays


NEW YORK - Some troubling news for air travelers: due to federal budget cuts, expect fewer flights and longer wait times.

Those cuts are forcing the FAA to furlough a tenth of its air-traffic controllers starting Monday, and that means fewer planes in the air. On top of that, the FAA guesses as many as 6,700 flights a day could be delayed.

New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) says, "We need Democrats and Republicans to meet in the middle and end the sequestration that causes problems."

Up and down the east coast, airports are reporting delays, some more than two hours.

Despite the cuts, the FAA insists safety will not be affected.

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