Flight delays caused by air-traffic controller furloughs are at risk of recurring as the Federal Aviation Administration considers sending workers home without pay during the next fiscal year amid a funding shortfall.
Flights at major airports in cities including New York, Chicago and San Francisco could be delayed as long as 90 minutes if automatic U.S. spending cuts take effect on March 1, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
On the evening of Dec. 10, 2007, pilot Kenny Edwards got the order to fly a Continental Airlines Inc. commuter flight from Tampa, Florida, to West Palm Beach. He told his dispatch supervisor he wouldn’t do it.
U.S. airline passengers buy tickets from carriers such as Continental Airlines without realizing their flight may be aboard regional partners that are being scrutinized for safety practices, a safety board was told.
U.S. airline passengers face more flight cancellations as carriers led by Delta Air Lines Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. seek to avoid fines for keeping planes waiting on the tarmac longer than three hours.