View mobile site
Follow us on
Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 6:29 a.m.
Hi, (not you?) | Member Center | Sign Out
Sign In | Register
Posted: 11:57 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013
By Linzi Sheldon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
On Thursday, Charlotte Douglas Airport officials revealed that TSA screeners at the airport are not expected to be furloughed as part of sequestration. It's a relief for passengers. "That makes me happy," traveler Tracie Williams said, "because we usually have a pretty good flow here." While the TSA is sparing agents at Charlotte Douglas, it is cutting back on training and travel. It also won't fill some open positions. Employees with other federal agencies at the airport aren't so lucky. Assistant Aviation Director Herbert Judon said air traffic controllers expect to receive furlough letters Thursday or Friday. Judon said air traffic controllers expect up to 14 furlough days but plan to furlough employees only one day per pay period to minimize the impact. They will also cut back in travel and training but say service won't suffer. Some travelers are still worried. "That's a little scary," Becky Smith said, "when it comes to those air traffic controllers." Customs and Border Protection is facing similar furloughs. Judon said CBP officials told him travelers should expect increased wait times and reduced service hours at all airports. Aviation Director Jerry Orr doesn't expect big delays, but as passengers deal with air traffic and security delays at other airports, he said Charlotte Douglas will feel some effects. "It's a national system and we're a hub, so delays anywhere in that system trickle through here to some extent," Orr said. "We know that."
5 Day Forecast
Early Warning Doppler 9
Local Radar Loop
Regional Radar Loop
© 2014 Cox Media Group. By using this website,
Already have an account? Sign In
We have sent you a confirmation email. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account.
We look forward to seeing you frequently. Visit us and sign in to update your profile, receive the latest news and keep up to date with mobile alerts.
Don't worry, it happens. We'll send you a link to create a new password.
We have sent you an email with a link to change your password.
We've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your existing password has not been changed.
To sign in you must verify your email address. Fill out the form below and we'll send you an email to verify.
Check your email for a link to verify your email address.