unfriendly skies

Senate Passes FAA Furlough-Aversion Bill

We all want air travel to consist of on-time flights out of nice airports, but in these days of sequester you can only have one or the other. And on Thursday evening, the Senate chose on-time flights. The bill passed Thursday, allowing the FAA to transfer $253 billion into its dwindling operations account from other, fatter accounts, is expected to pass the House of Representatives Friday. At least 863 flights were delayed on Wednesday, “attributable to staffing reductions resulting from the furlough,” the FAA said, according to the AP. The legislation is meant to allow it to keep a full compliment of air traffic controllers. But the FAA still has to find money somewhere. According to Huffington Post, “one top aide said airport improvement program funds would likely be used to stop the furloughs.” So your airport won’t get any better, but at least the delays won’t get worse.