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FAA furloughs continue to impact TIA

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Tampa International airport is like many airports across the country.

A glimpse at the arrival and departure boards shows sporadic delays, though not nearly as many as on the first days of furloughs for air traffic controllers.

TIA spokesperson Christine Osborn said, "I think our greatest delay right now might be around two hours, there are some flights that are significantly delayed other others not affected at all."

Because of all the news about the furloughs and delays, many travelers built time into their travel plans before even leaving home.

Air traveler Ed Breland said, "I knew there was a good potential for delays so you have to plan around for it there is not a whole lot we can do."

Mike Roth arrived at the airport four hours ahead of time.

She blames Congress for creating this headache for travelers.

Roth added, "I wish they would resolve all this because as a businesswoman I have traveled for years I know this must be affecting business people right now as well."

On any given day ten-percent of the nation's air traffic controllers are on furlough.

In a statement, the F-A-A said, "travelers can expect to see a wide range of delays that will change throughout the day depending on staffing and weather related issues.

Controllers will space planes farther apart so they can manage traffic with current staff, which will lead to delays at airports including Chicago O'Hare, Las Vegas and Tampa."

Even United Airlines employee, Jonathan Terborg, who was keeping tabs on his company's web site feels for the traveling public.'

Terborg said, "you want to get to where you are going and you want to get there in a timely manner but it is not their fault that this is happening to them so I do feel bad for them in a way."

Airport officials say all they can do is try to keep the public informed.

TIA Spokesperson Christine Osborn added, "that's about all we can do right now is keep an eye on the situation and try to communicate with our passengers as best as possible to keep up the highest level of customer service that we can during some difficult times."

While the F-A-A says it will work the airlines to try and reduce the number of delays, it is still encouraging travelers to check with their airline for the latest information on their flights.

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