Nashville airport experiences many delays due to government sequester
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
More than a dozen flights out of Nashville International Airport are delayed or canceled tonight.
It's all because of budget cuts tied to the sequester.
The budget cuts are forcing furloughs for thousands of air traffic controllers.
Nashville's News 2 went out to the airport to see how travelers are dealing with the delays.
"I have real problems with the sequestration," said Sandra Parks, one airline passenger.
"You can't just disrupt people's schedules like that," said another airline passenger, Edward Chukwurah.
As of Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered air traffic controllers to take one furlough day for every two-week paid period to cut almost $600 million from it's budget.
It is a direct result of sequestration, the automatic federal spending cuts that kicked in this year after congress failed to reach a deal to reduce the national deficit.
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"It is very frustrating. The government needs to get their ducks in order and get this all fixed up," said Craig Quinn, an airline passenger.
Quinn and his fellow passengers were stuck on the tarmac for nearly an hour in New York trying to make a business meeting in Nashville.
Flights coming from Raleigh, Orlando and Atlanta also experienced significant delays trying to get to Music City.
With roughly 1,500 air traffic controllers having to be furloughed on any day, Quinn is concerned for his safety.
"Obviously every time when I leave the house, my first concern is to get home to my children and to my wife, so if air traffic control is being affected from a lower-man power standpoint the biggest concern is safety," he explained.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that delays will be the worst for flights in and out of the nation's largest airports, including Atlanta and Los Angeles.