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April 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Has the sequester slowed you down at airports?

After Tuesday’s American Airlines debacle, airport lines are on a lot of minds. Here’s a question: Has the promised post-sequester slowdown at TSA checkpoints slowed you down?

Airport security staffing was expected to suffer after recent federal budget cuts. (photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Airport security staffing was expected to suffer after recent federal budget cuts. (photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Seattle friends back from a New York visit reported a frustrating  security-line wait at the Newark airport at 6 p.m. Sunday during which “we stood in line about 45 minutes, along with about a hundred others, while the ONE agent for that line checked boarding passes. The supervisor for that line said plainly that they couldn’t add staff because of the sequester. So he would let the line build, then call out people with imminent flights to let them go through ahead of others. A mess, and you can imagine how the New Yorkers reacted to this.”

But on a trip that included several airport stops, that was the only slowdown — including Akron-Canton, which had eight agents to three passengers.

Has the budget mess affected your air travels? Click on “comments” and tell the world.

Comments | Topics: airport security, budget cuts, sequester

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