Airports Holding Up Under the Crushing Weight of Sequestration

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One of those notable "real world consequences" that came out of the government's sequestration debacle hit the country on Sunday, but the real world people that are supposed to be affected by the cuts remain unfazed. According to FAA flight data, air traffic is running fairly smoothly Monday, just one day after government furloughs shut down a number of air traffic control towers as part of mandatory budget cuts.

The flight tracking website FlightAware currently lists only four major airports with notable delays, three of which are in the New York City area. But as anyone who flies out of those airports can tell you, a two-hour delay is basically Monday. (The delays into New York are officially due to a "staffing issue" that is slowing down arrivals from other cities.) Otherwise, it's green across the board as decent weather in most of the country has kept the skies open.

LAX in Los Angeles was pretty sluggish last night, with about 70 flights experiencing a delay of an hour or more, but the nationwide disaster that some had predicted has mostly not come to pass. 

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At this point in world history, air travelers have mostly resigned themselves to the idea that long security lines and hours spent twiddling thumbs on the tarmac are just the way business is done. It's going to take a lot more than a two-hour delay into JFK for fliers to notice that anything is amiss. 

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