Guesswork used to determine furlough-related flight delays

TravelWeeklyTravel Weekly – This week, the industry got its first taste of flight delays caused by furloughing FAA employees to meet sequester budget cuts. But it turned out that despite a lot of finger-pointing and politicking, gauging the exact impact of the cuts came down to a bit of guesswork.

That uncertainty didn’t stop the airlines from blaming the FAA for what delays there were or from lobbying the DOT to suspend consumer-friendly tarmac-delay rules.