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Furloughs of government workers haven't even begun, but airport wait times are already "150 to 200 percent as long as we would normally expect," according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
"Now that we are having to reduce or eliminate basically overtime both for TSA and for customs, now that we have instituted a hiring freeze ... we will begin today sending out furlough notices,” Napolitano said at an event that was sponsored by Politico.
There were no significant flight delays in Los Angeles or Chicago, among the cities Napolitano specifically said were having long in-airport security wait times—but once furloughs begin, there are also expected to be flight delays or scaled-back airline schedules as fewer air traffic controllers are on duty.

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  •  I wonder how the IRS will process (5+ / 0-)

    tax refunds with fewer workers?  

    People will notice that.

    It is very important that people learn the real cost of austerity.   750,000 jobs projected to be lost.  

    I think the sequester is here to stay until the R House is defeated.  Time will tell.  

    Virginia, DC and Maryland will be very hurt.  Many government workers will suffer and it really is unfair.  I think WIC is affected.

    It is very important that Dems, and especially Obama, continue to portray this as pain to people vrs. tax loopholes.  

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:54:20 AM PST

  •  It will be interesting to see if this goes on long (5+ / 0-)
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    TomP, wader, SilentBrook, luckylizard, basket

    enough to have an effect on spring break travel.

    "Love binds us all."-willb48

    by be the change you seek on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:58:50 AM PST

  •  I guess we shouldn't propose things (1+ / 0-)
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    like the sequester unless you're prepared to actually see it happen. or maybe that was the intent all along

    setting the stage for the modern conservative

    by MWV on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 10:01:58 AM PST

    •  Howard Dean said he thinks the (0+ / 0-)

      sequester should stand.  He does not like the indiscriminate way the cuts are done, but he feels the tradeoff of getting the cuts to Defense is well worth the downside.

      •  this "cuts" thing is sort of disingenuous though (0+ / 0-)

        Cuts sort of implies that you're reducing overall spending, but the spending is actually an increase over the previous years

        so it's more like. we're not going to spend... as much? I don't know what the best way to word that is

        setting the stage for the modern conservative

        by MWV on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 10:19:20 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Well, the media and pundit class have been (2+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice, SilentBrook

    clamoring for "shared sacrifice" and pain.  What say they now?  Is this enough shared sacrifice for them?  Never mind that the real sacrifices are only made by the poor and more vulnerable citizenry.  And they have been making those sacrifices for about 40 years.

    It is funny that "pain and shared sacrifice" in the punditry/media equates to long lines at the airport.  You know, the poor and vulnerable don't have such luxuries as riding in "aircraft".

  •  Many Politicians Will Just Hitch A Ride.... (1+ / 0-)
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    on wealthy corporate donor's private planes.  They go first class anyway.  There will be a VIP lounge for them to kick back in.  Shared pain doesn't really extend to them anyway.

  •  i am sceptical (0+ / 0-)

    Don't cut social security.

     There is an incentive to make it sound worse than it is.

    Flights are on time nationwide  

  •  Why does the government subsidize air (0+ / 0-)

    Travel anyway?

    I can't think of a less worthy subsidy.  What about peak oil and global warming and all that?

  •  You know, eventually (0+ / 0-)

    people will figure out that renting a car and driving the 6-8 hours to get where they're going is cheaper and easier than flying. With less hassle and frustration than sitting around an airport or standing in line to be groped and/or irradiated for 4-6 hours. Add in the time it takes to get to and from the airports, and suddenly flying isn't any faster than driving for most regional hops, and a lot less stressful.

    •  That would work, except for... (1+ / 0-)
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      going across the country (say New York to LA).

      Flying time = ~6-8 hours
      Driving time = >2 days

      For my humble servant, who has served me faithfully these many years, without complaint, I leave... a boot to the head.

      by basket on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:57:21 AM PST

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      •  Very true. (1+ / 0-)
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        That's why I qualified to "regional hops." Where we live, everything from Cleveland to Indianapolis to Nashville to D.C. to north Florida is within 10 hours drive time. Going west of the Mississippi takes a two or three days.

        Driving's a hassle too, though time spent in airports isn't exactly quick and easy these days. Deal is, people I know who live in these corridors do tend to fly quite often, when it looks like they're not saving any time or money or hassle doing so. i.e., it takes 5 hours to drive from here to midtown Atlanta. I could fly a puddle-jumper from the regional airport, which is an hour and a half away. Two hours early check-in before Sequester, if that doubles, we're talking 4. Then I'd have to wait around for my luggage and check in at the car rental, and be at least 45 minutes in day-traffic from midtown at that point.

        Just a whole lot easier to get the car here and do the driving. I can get a Prius for $30 a day or less, depending on how much advance notice. Be there in plenty of time for dinner.

      •  Er... plus fly-time, of course. (1+ / 0-)
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        For my example of Atlanta above, that's an hour and a half from boarding to disembark.

  •  Stop scanning shoes (1+ / 0-)
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    TSA could speed up the security theater and thus survive with fewer people if they didn't do so many stupid, useless things.  Taking off shoes and scanning them is number one on the list.

    Of course inconvenience at airports doesn't really impact the two main constituencies of the Banana Republicans.  The voting base, peasant social conservatives concentrated in the south, doesn't fly; most have never been far from home.  The real power and money base, which manipulates them for its own gain, flies private.

  •  Yet another lie (0+ / 0-)

    Just like the teachers that were getting pink slips or the janitors that got a pay cut.

    All this lying is going to backfire.

  •  Does not compute (0+ / 0-)

    1. They have not even begun furloughs; at most they began (Friday morning) to not fill vacant positions, a process that can hardly have proceeded very far by the end of Friday.
    2. A 5-10% drop in the number of TSA people should no way cause a doubling of wait times.

    Have we seen any independent confirmation of this report? Anyone? surely some news reporter has flown in the past four days? No, all the reports are just quoting Sec. Napolitano, who hasn't left Washington, telling us what's happening in airports all over the country.

    Sorry, I don't buy it. I think the Obama Administration may be doing exactly what the Republicans accuse them of: going all over the country hyping how awful the sequester effects are and will be and please call your Congresscritter and scream at them.

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