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O'Hare Avoids Big Delays as FAA Furloughs Kick In

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    The Federal Aviation Administration's forced furloughs began this week but the local air traffic controller's union said they're able to delay that action a few days. Christian Farr reports. (Published Monday, Apr 22, 2013)

    A day after FAA furloughs for air traffic controllers went into effect, commercial airline fliers were bracing for delays.

    But O'Hare International Airport on Monday operated without much of a problem because the air traffic controllers union there opted to delay its furloughs in hopes leaders in Washington, D.C. come up with a deal.

    Furloughs Not Affecting O'Hare Travel -- Yet

    [CHI] Furloughs Not Affecting O'Hare Travel -- Yet
    The Federal Aviation Administration's forced furloughs began this week but the local air traffic controller's union said they're able to delay that action a few days. Christian Farr reports. (Published Monday, Apr 22, 2013)

    'The furloughs are going to affect us eventually. We didn't start taking them upfront in hopes that this is going to get settled," said Dan Carrico, the union's president. "Our furloughs are going to start later this week into next week because we kind of had that option."

    Flights could be subject to up to 90-minute delays and possible cancelations in coming months as 149 control towers across the country are scheduled to close and air traffic controllers are required to take days off.

    FAA Furloughs Could Mean Major Airport Delays

    [DC] FAA Furloughs Could Mean Major Airport Delays
    A day after furloughs kicked in for FAA air traffic controllers, travelers are bracing themselves for possible delays. (Published Monday, Apr 22, 2013)

    Over the weekend, commercial airlines began sending emails to customers warning of delays across the network as the FAA started furloughing some of its air traffic controllers Sunday to meet federal budget cuts.

    The agency says in order to stay on budget, air traffic controllers must take one furlough day every other week. That means fewer flights taking off and landing so air traffic controllers on duty won't feel overloaded.

    LAX at "Ground Stop" Same Day Furloughs Are Enacted

    [LA] LAX at "Ground Stop" Same Day Furloughs Are Enacted
    Planes flying into LAX were delayed more than three hours Sunday night. Federal authorities could not confirm whether the holdup and furloughs of air traffic controllers were connected, but one air traffic controller union official believes they are related. Tena Ezzeddine reports from LAX for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on April 21, 2013. (Published Sunday, Apr 21, 2013)

    The furlough won't just affect towers at O'Hare and Midway airports. The adjustment will impact all of the agency's 15,000 controllers.

    Though some are predicting hour-and-a-half delays, things moved pretty smoothly throughout the system on the first day of the furloughs with the exception of LAX. The work week, though, could be a different story.