Airports are already backing up, thanks to sequester
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano says cuts to workers' hours and overtime are delaying flights at major US hubs.
Thanks to the across-the-board budget cuts that the government has shown no will to prevent, Napolitano says airports like Chicago's O'Hare and Los Angeles International are already experiencing backups that will only get worse. Reuters reports that the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection agencies, which are both part of Napolitano's Homeland Security Department, are requiring employees to take unpaid furlough days and forgo overtime just to make ends meet.
Napolitano says she expects delays will only worsen as the week progresses.But they'll have to get pretty awful for passengers at the nation's largest airports to notice. O'Hare alone handled 22.4 million passengers in 2011, which was the last year for which the Department of Transportation had statistics available. At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International that number jumps to 33 million.
All those passengers better start getting accustomed to not reaching their destination on time. The on-time arrival performance of the nation's largest airlines jumped from 73% in 2007 to almost 80% in 2011, but it was well below the 82.1% mark set in 2002. Meanwhile, the percentage of delays caused by airport volume soared from 8% in 1999 to 16% two years ago, which was still better than the 22% of delays caused by heavy traffic in 2009.
If the sequester's staffing cuts and line slowdowns affect on-time departures as a result, it won't exactly ruin airlines' recent record. Late departures have risen from less than 13% of all delays and cancellations a decade ago to more than 17% in 2011. They'd have to rise higher than 21% to break the industry record set in 2007.
Considering how recent airline mergers involving United (UAL), Continental, Southwest (LUV) and Airtran have already contributed to delays -- which the proposed merger of US Airways (LCC) and American (AAMRQ) would only increase -- air passengers should just break out a good book and factor in a few extra hours of travel time. They're not going anywhere for a while.
Amazing. Out of all the things to get noticed by the cuts effects the common americans than the politicians and the rich. And now Obama is either going to cave in and give the republicans what they want by taking away the helpful programs just to get them back at the table? All of this is bull. Why take away jobs that actually are helpful and proven instead of taking away from our overly payed government offiicials still makes no sense.
I really think our governmwnt should do like "undercover boss" and send officials out to live like middle class and poor so that they can see how stupid most of they're ideas REALLY are
LET ME JUST SAY THIS.....I WORK WITH 12 WOMEN, 8 HAVE CHILDREN, 2 OF THOSE WOMEN ARE OLDER AND SUPPORT THEIR TEENS WITH HELP OF THEIR X-HUSBANDS, 1 STRUGGLES TO RAISE 2 YOUNGER CHILDREN ON HER OWN, OUT OF THE OTHER 5 GIRLS WITH CHILDREN 4 OF THEM ARE LIVING WITH THEIR "BABY DADDY" SO THEY CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FOOD STAMPS, FREE MEDICAL CARE, FREE DIAPERS, FORMULA, DAYCARE ETC. THEY GO DOWN TO "CHILDREN'S SERVICES" AND ARE HANDED THINGS FREE, THEY CLAIM THEY DON'T KNOW WHO THE BABY DADDY IS OR AS ONE GIRL TOLD ME .....HE SWAM BACK TO MEXICO AFTER THE THIRD WAS BORN ! MEANWHILE HE WORKS FULLTIME AS A ROOFER OFF THE BOOKS AND SHE SHOPS VICTORIA'S SECRET AND DILLARDS. i HAVE TO SHOP AT WALMART AND GOODWILL BECAUSE I'M SUPPORTING ALL THESE KIDS. yOU KNOW WHAT SHE DID WITH HER 3,500 TAX REFUND? SHE, TOOK HER BABIES' DADDY AND THE 3 KIDS TO DISNEYLAND AND STAYED AT ONE OF THE RESORTS FOR A WHOLE WEEK. YA GOTTA LOVE IT AND YET WE HAVE NO CLUE WHY WERE 6 TRILLION IN DEBT
So what if the lines are three hours instead of two? The TSA apologists can apply Napolitano’s advice to those who object to their groping policies, “if you don’t like it, don’t fly”.
Maybe if DHS stopped buying billions of rounds of ammunition and 2,700 tanks to be used on inner city citizens they’d have a budget surplus and could reduce their budget.
DHS needs to be severely downsized and TSA replaced with local police to handle airport security. By putting trained local law enforcement professionals in charge of airport security, service will improve, costs lowered and the crime rate from baggage and checkpoint theft greatly reduced.
Why is it the FAA is saying there has been NO difference at the airports ???? and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano say's there are loooonnnngggg lines already at all of the major air ports where did she get her FACTS or evidently the LACK of facts and is using FABRICATED information.....
I just don't get it any more.....there is just NO ONE you can trust in this administration anymore...
you have to give 30 day notice before any employee would be either laid off or given un paid time off.
Screeners and TSA'ers have been inept since DAY ONE...
It's what happens when you hire Rent-a-Cops, that can't make it, as a rent-a-cop..
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