NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The budget cuts from the sequester have hit air travelers across the board, as mandatory furloughs for Federal Aviation Administration employees have taken effect.
Thousands of flights have been delayed and others canceled completely due to reduced staffing at the nation’s air traffic control towers.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Transportation Committee, told WCBS 880’s Steve Scott that the cuts have the potential to pose a safety risk.
“The lack of the full complement of FAA controllers has to, in some way, enhance risk.” said Blumenthal. “Obviously, there’s no immediate concern of fear for the safety of flights incoming or outgoing. But certainly the risk factor is there at smaller airports, certainly, where the number of air controllers is scarcer and fewer.”