What a budget impasse could mean for travelers

The United States government is facing another budget issue – but this is one that will impact global travelers.

Unless agreements can be made, automatic budget cuts will begin on March 1st, which conveniently falls in the middle of spring break for many college students and professionals. This round of budget cuts would include a 20% pay cut for Transportation Security Agency (TSA) employees and fewer employees working, especially at smaller travel destinations.

What does this mean for the average traveler? It means that the currently advised 90 minute window for domestic flights might increase to 120 minutes – as the lines to go through security will go much slower. This comes at a time where many airports are already having to transition from the full body scanner back to metal detectors or new scanners that provide fewer details of an individual’s body.

Additionally, this might mean an increase in travel insurance for flights – as plans may be altered after missing a flight due to not enough time allotted for security!

To read more on what changes can happen due to a budget impasse: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/21/budget-impasse-could-mean-travel-nightmare-for-fliers/

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