Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Sequester & How it Can Effect Your Summer Vacation

Dear Travel Friends,
You've probably seen the headlines: Thousands of flights a day could be delayed or canceled at major U.S. airports because of federal spending cuts.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), these airport delays are the result of air traffic controller furloughs tied to $85 billion in across-the-board cuts known as the sequester. Personnel of both the FAA and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are affected.
If you'll be traveling soon, we want you to be ready for any potential delays. Here are some tips to help you have a (hopefully) stress-free and enjoyable experience at the airport:
  • Sign up to receive flight status alerts here.
  • Check the status of your flight before leaving for the airport here.
  • Plan to be at the airport 2 hours prior to your scheduled flight departure time. There may be fewer TSA employees at security checkpoints, leading to longer than usual lines.
  • Know the 3-1-1 rules.
  • Be prepared for lengthy delays once you're through security. You might want to pack a snack and bring something to keep you occupied if you have to wait, especially if you're traveling with small children.
  • Bring along a sense of humor; I’m afraid we’re all going to need it!

Safe travels,

Jennifer Maki
Divine Destinations | Vacation Specialist