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Sequestration Cuts Take Hold At Metro Airport

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ROMULUS (WWJ) – Air traffic controllers are being furloughed across the country as a part of sequestration, which began Sunday.

Detroit Metro Airport spokesman Scott Wintner doesn’t expect cuts at Detroit Metro Airport’s air traffic control tower.

“These FAA furloughs are … the next wave of cuts to take effect, and we just don’t know yet how cuts across the country are likely to affect travelers to and from Detroit.,” said Wintner.

He said there may be some longer wait times for international travels because of cuts to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“Fortunately for us, TSA has told us that while there might be limited ability to respond to surges in traffic because of the reduction in overtime and such, by and large, TSA expects to operate as normal,” Wintner said.

He said some airports on the East and West coasts are more likely to be affected by sequestration, and that could impact travelers going from one of those airports to metro Detroit.

With cutbacks at TSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Wintner said there have been some longer wait times for international travelers.

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