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Federal budget cuts could cause airport delays

TSA checkpoint at Armstrong International Airport (FOX 8) TSA checkpoint at Armstrong International Airport (FOX 8)

Kenner, La. - Air travelers could face long lines at airports because of automatic federal spending cuts.

Those traveling from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport may experience some delays. An airport spokesperson said she anticipates Thursday, March 7th to be a busy day because delegates from a large convention will be leaving town.

All passengers are encouraged to arrive at the airport two hours prior to their departure time.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a statement regarding the possible airport delays.

It reads: "As sequestration takes effect, travelers can expect to see lines and wait times increase as reductions to overtime and the inability to backfill positions for attrition begin to occur this month. While wait times can vary on a number of factors, due to the reductions mandated by sequestration, TSA will put in place a hiring freeze, which will result in up to an additional 1,000 TSO vacancies by Memorial Day Weekend and up to 2,600 vacancies by the end of the fiscal year. With TSA staffing levels decreasing over time, we expect that during busy travel periods wait times exceeding 30-40 minutes could double at nearly all of the largest airports. In addition, passengers who schedule their travel outside of peak flight schedules and plan to arrive close to their scheduled flight time may see their wait times now reach 30 minutes or more."

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