One of the actions being made by the Federal Aviation Administration because of the sequester budget cuts is getting rid of contract air traffic controllers, like those at Danbury Airport. While that won't take effect until June, Monday was the first weekday on which thousands of air traffic controllers are being forced to take an unpaid day off.
Senator Richard Blumenthal says preventing delays at airports should be a priority.
Blumenthal wants the furloughs delayed by 30 days to give Congress an opportunity to address options for avoiding the costs and inconvenience of delays and cancellations.
At LaGuardia Airport, one out of every five flights scheduled to take off before noon Monday was delayed 15 minutes or more. Some flights into New York, Baltimore and Washington saw delays of more than two hours.
The FAA kept some planes on the ground because there weren't enough controllers to monitor the busy air corridors.