With spring break quickly approaching, there’ll soon be thousands of travelers flying the friendly skies to destinations only dreamed of (like Hawaii!) I’ll be headed to San Diego, but all this talk of “sequestration” made me think twice about my own travel plans.
Particularly, how will the federal budget cuts affect airports and flight schedules? Will there be long lines at TSA checkpoints and unexpected delays? I did a little digging and found that most of the changes won’t take place till April, which is good news for spring break travelers; bad news for those with plans to travel this summer.
The sequester forces furloughs on air-traffic controllers, Customs inspectors and TSA screeners. Travel experts predict lines will be longer and flights may be delayed or cancelled due to these furloughs.
The only Hawaii airport on the list to lose air traffic controllers is the John Rogers Field at Kalaeloa, according to Hawaii News Now. That’s an airport used by the Hawaii National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and private planes. The Honolulu International Airport will not be affected by furloughs at this time.
To view the list of affected airports and facilities throughout the nation, go to: http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=71078.
As for my spring break travels, it looks like we’ll be fine when going to San Diego. However, we return to Honolulu on April 1, which is when the full effect of flight delays and cancellations are said to take place. So far, it doesn’t look like San Diego’s main airport will be affected by closures and lay-offs, which is great! Crossing my fingers for a swift and effortless flight home.