Sequester Hits Air Travel
If you are in North America, you have probably already heard that the furloughing of some air traffic controllers in the U.S. is causing problems for air travellers. Just as warm weather is arriving and holiday travel season is not far away, travellers are facing even more hassles and delays at U.S. airports.
Allegiant Air (www.allegiantair.com) recently advised people flying with them to be sure to arrive at the airport at least two hours ahead of flight time and to be prepared for delays clearing security and getting on the plane. Allegiant flies only in the U.S.--for international flights, it is good to arrive three hours ahead of departure.
Pack a lot of patience and some snacks to hold you over. There isn't a lot an individual can do about the situation (other than not travel in the U.S.) Air fares in Canada tend to be high because of high government taxes and fees, but this could be one summer when you might prefer to pay them rather than subject yourself to still more flying problems in the U.S.
Lately a number of Canadians have been crossing the border to take advantage of lower fares from airports in the northern U.S., but perhaps that flow will reverse if people get too fed up with conditions at American airports.