Federal Aviation Administration
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.
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.
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 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.
Significant budget cuts by the Federal Aviation Administration could mean closed air traffic towers and possible layoffs if those in Washington are unable to reach an agreement.
Planes have been grounded and the feds are now investigating American Airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration is probing two separate instances of rows of airplane seats dislodging in mid-air.
An investigation is underway and there is no word yet if the pilot will face charges.
“We just got lasered, two green flashes into the cockpit,” the pilot can be heard telling air traffic control in audio posted on LiveATC.net. “It caught the first officer’s eye.”
The baggage scandal has prompted calls for the Federal Aviation Administration to put undercover agents and cameras in the bellies of airplanes and enhance background checks on potential employees.
The Port Authority said air traffic controllers used Runway 22L for 800 more overnight landings between September and December of last year than in the same period in 2010.