NEW YORK (AP) - It's been a rough start to the week for air travelers.
On what is typically the busiest day of the week at airports and with thousands of air traffic controllers forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts, flight delays piled up Monday. Flights into New York, Baltimore and Washington were delayed by more than two hours in some cases, while delays into Los Angeles ended up closer to three hours.
The cuts are forcing all 47,000 Federal Aviation Administration employees - including nearly 15,000 controllers - to lose one day of work every other week. The FAA says planes will have to take off and land less frequently to avoid overloading the remaining controllers on duty.
One thing working in fliers' favor Monday was relatively good weather. However, the furloughs will continue for months and there's no way for passengers to tell in advance which airport or flights will experience delays.