Don’t let Janet Napolitano’s sequestration worries spoil your spring break
By Janet Simons
So far, airport security congestion seems limited to international flights
Just as parents and students are busy booking airline tickets for spring break, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has issued a caution, suggesting that the sequester already is slowing TSA waiting lines at airports.
“We are already seeing the effects at some of the ports of entry — at the big airports, for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend,” Napolitano said at a “Politico Playbook” breakfast event on the first Monday morning in March.
Later in the day, the Politico website itself gently contradicted its guest speaker, noting that “first-person accounts of long security lines have yet to flood the Internet — and statements from TSA and Customs and Border Patrol suggested Napolitano may have been referring to customs checks for international travelers.”
Monday’s report from the liberal Huffington Post website also tiptoed lightly through the issue, attributing the claims of delays directly to Napolitano. In its piece, “Janet Napolitano: Sequestration already causing airport delays,” Huff Post reporter Alicia A. Caldwell noted that Napolitano had said that delays at Los Angeles International and Chicago’s O’Hare International were “the result of automatic federal spending cuts,” then added that “there were no significant flight delays in either Los Angeles or Chicago” over the weekend.
Conservative online news sites were more direct. The headline at Fox News was “Putting the sequester panic in perspective: Don’t cancel your trip yet.”
What’s the bottom line for travelers? Simple. Book the best deals you can as soon as you can, check our new Trip Advisor site for the latest news on delays, and avoid problems by getting to the airport at least two hours before your flight. There’s nothing new in that advice, but it still works.
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