[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366679692&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4028000&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366679692 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- The Federal Aviation Administration enacted furloughs for over 45,000 employees Sunday in response to a $627 million cut to their budget. According to FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen, 10% of all FAA employees will be on furlough on any given day, including 1,500 air traffic controllers. Major hubs, such as New York and Los Angeles, are already seeing staffing problems resulting in longer flight delays.
According to Bergen, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is not one of the airports expected to be hit hard by the furloughs. She adds, however, that the airport could see flight delays as a result of problems in other cities. Ryan Gresham flies into Birmingham regularly for television production work from New Orleans. His flight Monday was delayed by thirty minutes. “I probably travel sixty or seventy days a year,” he says. “So, I’m hoping it doesn’t get worse. [I] hope the delays aren’t too bad.”