If sequestration (i.e., proposed government budget cuts) goes into effect on March 1st, as seems increasingly likely, there could be a significant impact on travel. See this Fox News article.
You may have heard that various federal agencies are warning that this will dramatically cut the number of air traffic controllers, Transportation Security Administration, personnel at airport security and Customs and Border Protection personnel. Whether this in fact will eventuate is perhaps debatable. A lot of political posturing on both sides revolves around such subjects today. Since we can’t predict the future, the best we can do is give you advance warning about potential problems. Like you, I have read that a reduction in air traffic controllers could adversely affect airline flight schedules and operations causing delays. This could lead in turn to longer lines at airport screening and possibly even longer lines at customs.
You may recall in a previous blog post I talked about how travel agents can provide robust assistance when things go awry.
* As professional travel agents, we are hardly strangers to navigating through weather related and mechanical delays. If the scenario described above were to unfold, we will quickly offer alternative travel plans.
* Since travel often consists of several components, our assistance extends not only to securing flight arrangements but also rebooking hotels and car rental reservations. Our job is to get you to your destination quickly and with as little hassle as possible.
Here are a few practical tips for getting through the security line a little faster.
As I mentioned in the above referenced post, “You can either be that person standing in a long line praying all the options are not gone by the time you reach the front of the queue or you can be that relaxed traveler standing to the side, sipping a latte and talking calmly to his or her travel agent.”
Even if you didn’t book with us, we will try our best to assist you. For the next few weeks we all might be in for a bit of a bumpy ride. We are here to help!
Remember, always come to Travel By Terry to “Hear It Here First”.