The Federal Aviation Administration has suspended all employee furloughs, officially ending the flight delays that have plagued the nation all week.
The House approved the measure Friday on a 361-41 vote, one day after the Senate agreed to the bill. The action came with lawmakers streaming toward the doors for a week-long spring recess.
We couldn’t let today’s news about the FAA furloughs soon coming to an end go by without some fact checking on some things we’ve heard.
With flight delays mounting, the Senate approved hurry-up legislation Thursday night to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers.
The FAA announced all of its 47,000 employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers, will be furloughed one day every two weeks through September.
Airline passengers are facing travel troubles. The Federal Aviation Administration has furloughed 47,000 workers because of federal budget cuts.
About 50,000 FAA employees including 15,000 air traffic controllers are being forced to take a furlough day every other week until the end of September because of the cuts.
Flights were arriving and departing from Logan International Airport in Boston as usual Monday afternoon, after the airport briefly reported a ground stop following the marathon explosions.
The violations occurred at JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Teterboro airports from Dec. 2010-June 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Before the sequester took effect on March 1, President Barack Obama and other administration officials warned that the cuts could mean canceled flights, longer security lines and other hassles. But South Jersey Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), who is the chairman of the House Aviation subcommittee, said that hasn’t come to bear.
The agency announced the decision Friday, a month after it released a preliminary list of facilities that could be closed.
A group of U.S. Senators is working to keep the airport control towers from closing due to a lack of funding under sequester cuts.
The pilot of an Alitalia flight said he saw something that he described as “a drone” about four to five miles southeast of the airport Monday afternoon.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a report from the pilot, who claims he saw an unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on his final approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Air travel could become the human face of the sequester, with long delays expected at big airports and an effect also likely on smaller airports.