Homeland Security Secretary Says Delays at Airports Due to Sequester Cuts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says U.S. airports, including Los Angeles International and O'Hare International in Chicago, are already experiencing delays in waiting lines as a result of automatic federal spending cuts.

Napolitano was describing wait times inside airports. The Federal Aviation Administration reports there no significant flight delays in either Los Angeles or Chicago so far today. Delays are routine at both of those airports.

But Napolitano says delays will become worse. The Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection agencies, which are part of the Homeland Security Department, are issuing furlough notices and have cut overtime for employees. Speaking in Washington, Napolitano says she expects a cascading effect during the week, with wait times expected to double in worst cases.

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