Colleges head for spring break under sequestration
Spring break starts this week for many Indiana colleges and universities, so airports may be busier than usual. How will sequestration affect travelers today and in the coming weeks?
Indiana University, Butler and Purdue are all on spring break this week. Along with that, the effects of the sequester and its $85 billion spending cuts are expected to hit the Federal Aviation Administration and TSA.
Delays were expected at airports and reports from major airports across the country indicate travelers are already experiencing those long delays. Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano says this week it will get worse, as you can expect wait times to double due to cutbacks within the TSA.
"Now that we are having to reduce or eliminate, basically, overtime both for TSA and for customs, now that we have institutionalized a hiring freeze, we can't backfill for vacancies and we will begin today sending out furlough notices," Napolitano said.
Napolitano said the major airports and ports of entry are feeling the cutbacks.
Although Indianapolis International Airport is busier because of spring break, airport officials report they are not yet seeing any delays due to the sequester.
The bulk of those cuts are expected over the next 2-3 weeks, which may be as families are taking off for their spring breaks for local schools.
And even if the delays aren't hitting Indianapolis, they may be happening at connecting cities.