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Well here in the United States it's been a very frustrating frustrating day for a lot of airline travelers -- the reason is the budget cuts known affectionately as the sequester.
Staffing cuts started yesterday for air traffic controllers because lawmakers in DC couldn't strike any kind of deal to stop it.
Now it's leading -- some big delays mostly along the very busy East Coast quarter.
Here's how things are looking right now the places you see in -- and -- seeing flight delays or says -- safely seeing flights pushed back by more than two hours.
Last night Los Angeles some incoming flights were delayed by more than three hours.
With a -- former senior official with the Federal Aviation Administration Scott Ritter Scott good afternoon thank you they -- I understand it's bad at LaGuardia and it at JFK and some other airports on the East Coast.
We knew this was coming.
You know we did know was coming -- any you know a couple of thoughts on this one is.
FAA -- knew this was coming for two years had a long time to plan and -- what you're seeing is controllers are being laid off.
At the same rate.
For the big facility is the big airports as they are for the smaller ones.
You think FA what does that maybe we should let's let's see where most the people are traveling let's keep those places fully staffed.
Let's see we could be a little more surgical on the small airports depending on what you read it sounds like a lot of this is politics.
About 888 -- it does seem rather odd but I don't see the controllers kind of behind this at all but for some reason administration wants to make sure everybody feels the pain here.
But you know does that seem understandable to you.
Not not really it doesn't I mean.
-- this is one America one -- -- our great assets in this country's ability to move across this country with frighten people and -- you have the government trying to get in the way of this to prove a political points.
I mean we've seen that that they budget for controllers rise about 50% over the last couple years and traffic is down like 27%.
So -- throw more money to have a less a problem yet now's the time we show news to start making the American people feel the pain that just doesn't make a lot of sense of.
Whether American eve party feeling pain because I've been -- a lot for a long long long time in this business.
And it's never been like this every flight you get on is filled to the brand the planes or smaller the number of people available to help you were fees -- were.
And flying is.
Is often miserable and -- it wasn't always like is it wasn't like this a couple years ago.
It's like we're down -- almost one airline and you wonder when we reach the tipping point where people Disco.
-- the rights have they I mean airlines are really Catan and every every place they can to try and start making some money.
Airlines are more profitable but I think that pass -- experience is suffering.
Yet they are a lot more profitable they are making tons of money.
And passengers are suffering you wonder when it is that customers just -- -- you're gonna have to do better than this I guess unless and until there's an alternative they won't.
You know I think you're absolutely right thanks -- well anybody wants to sort of a new airline we treat people right I'm with you Scott -- thank you live with -- -- from the DC --
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