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Are the Sequester Delays Over for Good?

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After a week of airline delays and cancellations caused by sequester-imposed furloughs, President Obama is expected to sign a bill that will divert money into the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This measure will overturn the mandatory air-traffic control furloughs and will allow the FAA to prevent the impending closure of 149 air-traffic control towers.

Many predicted the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s mandatory employee furlough would cause problems at airports, but few expected it to be this drastic. This past week, most passengers showed up for their flights on time, checked in, and then were notified that their flight would be delayed for three hours.

According to FlightStats.com, the figures this past week were:

  • Friday, April 26 – 172 flights canceled, 5,870 delays
  • Thursday, April 25 – 220 flights canceled, 6,710 delays
  • Wednesday, April 24 – 406 flights canceled, 6,869 delays
  • Tuesday, April 23 – 385 flights canceled, 6,396 delays
  • Monday, April 22 – 404 flights canceled, 7,027 delays
  • Sunday, April 21 – 207 flights canceled, 4,842 delays
Peter joined the team at CBS This Morning Saturday to put those numbers in perspective, and explains why the airline schedules will get back to normal in 24 to 36 hours and how the House and Senate were able to pass this measure so quickly.

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