Frequent fliers take note: longer lines and wait times are headed your way. This Sunday, the FAA will implement furloughs that will increase wait times in major airports by up to 210 minutes.
Rep. Kevin Brady of The Woodlands anticipated the cuts earlier this week, warning his social media followers that the White House is about to cause some "#PoliticalJetLag" for travelers.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta said they could find no other way to meet the automatic spending cuts, which LaHood called a "dumb idea". The sequester requires the agency cut $637 million from their budget, which they will do by reducing controller hours by 10 percent.
Brady says the administration could direct cuts elsewhere, they are simply choosing not to.
"They want you to wait at the gate while they hold press conferences to convince you there is no possible way this government can save some of your hard-earned tax dollars," said Brady. "The truth of the matter is that instead of cutting consultants, conferences, executive travel and staff parties out of their rapidly growing budget, they made a cynical, political decision to close runways and send air traffic controllers home. Why? So fliers will feel maximum pain over these minor sequester savings."
Sen. John Cornyn called the cuts round two of the "scarequester".
The FAA has not released delay estimates for major Texas airports. The nation's largest airports are expected to experience "moderate to heavy" delays, with effects rippling to other airports.