Air travelers in the United States may face higher fares and congested airports next year as the US Federal Aviation Administration will suffer budget cuts of over $1 billion starting in January. The cuts are a part of an earlier deal between the White House and the Congress to reduce the burgeoning US budget deficit.
The cuts may lead to fewer air traffic controllers and customs/security officers – thereby lengthening airport lines. The reduction in FAA funding can also negatively affect NextGen, FAA’s ongoing initiative to update the US air traffic system.
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Will potential FAA cuts hurt fliers?