Sequester budget cuts likely to affect ACY airport -

Sequester budget cuts likely to affect ACY airport

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With the sequester cuts hitting New jersey and the rest of the country, there are still many questions about how different government agencies will be affected.

The Obama Administration says airports around the country are starting to feel the affects of the sequester spending cuts that were put into place last Friday.  Airports such as LAX in Los Angeles and O'Hare in Chicago, saw long lines and delayed planes this past weekend due to cutbacks within the T.S.A.

"We are already seeing some of the effects at some of the ports of entry, the big airports for example, some of them had very long lines this weekend," said, Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

Several airports have reported hiring freezes and furlough notices for F.A.A. staff members.

"It just doesn't seem like a very logical way to solve this problem," said Mary Helen Evans, a traveler at ACY.

NBC40 spoke with officials at Atlantic City International about how the sequester would impact the airport.  "The preliminary reports are that we may lose some F.A.A. staffing for our tower overnight hours," explained spokesman Kevin Rehmann.  He also said that airport security should not be a concern. "The security as far as T.S.A. for staffing - we don't anticipate it having any effect on the overall security of the airport or the traveling public."

Although the real impact of sequester cuts in New Jersey remain to be seen, many people that NBC40 spoke with at ACY said that budget cuts at airports could create major problems for travelers.

Frequent traveler, Connie Weidner, said, "The lines are long and I'm getting older and it's harder to travel anyway before this happened, but I think laying people off is going to be a disaster."  Connie Favoretto said, "If they're laying people off then of course it's going to take a lot longer to get through security."

Officials from ACY say there have been no formal notices of what the changes will be - but that the sequester is likely to affect their airport, eventually.

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