Beginning Monday, passengers at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport could experience travel delays up to three hours long due to furloughs for air traffic controllers.
More than 15,000 air traffic controllers nationwide will have their work hours reduce, leaving fewer people to watch over the skies and longer wait times for planes to take off and land.
Federal budget cuts were made on Sunday by Congress, but flights ran normally due to generally light weekend travel.
Problems are expected to begin today for the world’s busiest airport when business travelers enter Atlanta’s terminals. Maximum delays predicted will be up to three hours or more depending on passenger totals.
The nation’s largest pilots union and Airlines for America, which represents major airline carriers, are suing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) because of the furloughs for the control tower workers.