Federal budget cuts are causing back-ups at the Burlington Airport.
Sequestration is forcing air traffic controllers to take one unpaid day off per pay period, leaving the Burlington tower one controller short on a daily basis. Monday a Jet Blue flight was forced to return to its gate after sitting on the tarmac for hours, unable to get clearance out of New York City.
Airport officials said despite delays, these cuts will not compromise safety. "No safety is compromised at all here. We still have full confidence in the air traffic controllers that we're going to get the same level of service that we always get," said Kelly Colling, the airport's Operation's Director.
Sequestration slashed the FAA's budget by $637 million. Unless Congress comes to a resolution, these forced days off will continue through the end of September.