STRATFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Air travel could become the human face of the sequester, with long delays expected at airports across the country.
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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that one of two control towers at Chicago’s O’Hare international Airport might have to be closed because there will not be enough controllers to meet minimum staffing levels. If that happens, Huerta said, the airport’s north runway would be shut down, which would have a ripple effect around the country.