Transportation Secretary Warns of 'Airline Apocalypse'

FAA says sequestration forced furloughs that have caused extreme delays throughout the country.
2:16 | 04/23/13

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Transcript for Transportation Secretary Warns of 'Airline Apocalypse'
the nightmare shaping up at airports all across the country. Flight delays, safety worries. The impact of the across-the-board federal budget cuts. Abc's matt gutman did some traveling himself to investigate. And he joins us, now, from miami. How did it go for you there, matt? Reporter: Good morning, robin. It didn't go that well. We spent 11 hours in airports. And didn't really find an airline apocalypse. But all the delays caused by a shortage of faa controllers or by the father, started to snowball into delays of four and five hours. This morning, the sequester is walloping airports again. From los angeles, with more than three-hour delays overnight, to denver, to the big apple. New york's three airports at one point averaging three-hour delays. A little frustrating, especially at 3:00, 4:00 in the morning. Reporter: Some of the delays were weather-related. Among the three-hour delays, the new york to washington, d.C. Shuttle. Not to rub salt in anyone's wounds. But the train would have gotten them there faster. Because of sequestration, the line to take off was over an hour long. Reporter: The faa is blaming the delays on across-the-board budget cuts, which has forced them to furlough air traffic controllers and other workers, and are spacing out flights in the name of safety. Several hundred flights delayed, less than the agency's prediction of 6,700 daily flight delays. But transportation secretary ray LaHOOD WARNS ABC, WE MIGHT SEE account weather activities. These delays could get extended beyond 60 to 90 minutes. Reporter: Late monday, i decided to investigate the delays myself. Taking a round-trip from miami -- not bad. Taking off about 25 minutes late. To orlando -- it looks like we're about to take off about 50 minutes late. Not too bad given the circumstances. And back. Now, a lot of folks back in there gripe that probably the airports that the politicians use, washington national, probably didn't have delays. It did. Delays up to two hours. Airline analysts say if this persists through the summer, we could see ticket prices start to rise.

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