Air traffic controller furloughs are scheduled to begin on Sunday and could result in flight delays lasting several hours in Atlanta, as well as significant delays in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York-area airports. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said they have no choice but to cut controller staffing by 10 percent, which will reduce the number of aircraft airports can handle. In the most extreme case, the furloughs could delay flights up to 210 minutes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, depending upon the time of day and other factors. The FAA is saying that the average delay will be far less, about 11 minutes. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Airlines for America, an industry trade group, said the furloughs are unnecessary and they are considering legal action.
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