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U.S. airports could take major hit from upcoming budget cuts this summer

Excerpt from CNN Money

Feb 20, 2013 10:07 am

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Fewer TSA and customs agents means longer lines and wait times, but tourism is too lucrative during the summer season for the worst case scenario outlined here to become a reality.

— Samantha Shankman

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If you thought airport wait times were long, get ready for worse. How about an extra hour to go through security? And, international travelers, brace for this — four hours to clear customs?

These are likely scenarios at the nation’s airports when the much-feared $85 billion of forced U.S. budget cuts hit in March. Many federal agencies — including those that handle airport security, customs, and air traffic control — will be forced to furlough employees, which means workers will have to stay away from their jobs for no pay for certain time periods over the next seven months.

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