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AS issues travel advisory for Sequestration

Old Apr 20, 13, 2:22 pm
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AS issues travel advisory for Sequestration

Says it will mostly impact SAN, SFO, and LAX.


TRAVEL ADVISORY: Due to government budget cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration plans to begin furloughing air traffic controllers on Sunday, April 21, which the FAA says could cause extensive ground delays ranging from 50 minutes to two hours and a reduction in flight arrivals of 30 to 40 percent at certain airports.

While we have limited information about where these delays will occur, we estimate the largest impact for Alaska Airlines will be seen by customers traveling to, from or through San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) airports.

Customers are encouraged to monitor their flight status before leaving for the airport.

We will continue update our advisory page at alaskaair.com as we receive more information: http://bit.ly/15uHnc3
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Old Apr 20, 13, 2:29 pm
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Two hour delays sounds like a normal day at SFO....
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Old Apr 20, 13, 2:51 pm
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Yeesh

Saw the press release today...
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Old Apr 20, 13, 4:49 pm
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Ugh. It looks like I have to deal with all 3--SAN, SFO and LAX -- during the next 5 weeks. It sounds like PDX and ANC may be spared the brunt of it. Fingers crossed. Guess I'll stick with my usual plan and hitch a ride to ANC during the morning "sweet spot." If you don't mind having breakfast at the airport, it's usually possible to breeze through security around 7:30 AM. **sigh**
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Old Apr 20, 13, 5:29 pm
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For all those who were beginning to think this "sequestration" thing was just so much huffing and puffing....

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Old Apr 20, 13, 7:57 pm
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Originally Posted by mczlaw View Post
For all those who were beginning to think this "sequestration" thing was just so much huffing and puffing....

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It is. They will just stick it to us just to make a point. I guess I will find out when I head home from SAN tomorrow
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Old Apr 20, 13, 11:12 pm
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Originally Posted by tusphotog View Post
Two hour delays sounds like a normal day at SFO....
The past 3 1/2 months have actually been pretty good for SFO...the dry winter has been helping.

To save money, I think they should require members of Congress to fly commercial so they experience the same delays and missed connections. I honestly hadn't realized the furlough of air traffic controllers was going to extend to some of the country's largest airports. I mean, really??
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Old Apr 21, 13, 12:45 am
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Originally Posted by EIPremier View Post
To save money, I think they should require members of Congress to fly commercial so they experience the same delays and missed connections.
I think most regular congress folks do travel commercial. Some of the more "valuable" people (for lack of a better term) get govt transports.
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Old Apr 21, 13, 7:26 am
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A gentle reminder to keep this topic non-political and discuss only how the sequestration affects the aviation industry and us flyers. If you're feeling the uncontrollable urge to make a political statement, there's a dedicated forum for that you are welcome to post in (if you meet the qualification threshold).

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Originally Posted by tusphotog View Post
I think most regular congress folks do travel commercial. Some of the more "valuable" people (for lack of a better term) get govt transports.
Regular Congresscritters definitely do fly commercial. I know several people who have run into Alaska Senator Murkowski on flights, and I've personally seen all three (Lisa Murky, Mark Baggage, and Don Old) at the ANC airport, both in and out of the Board Room.

I was also on a DCA-LAX flight where a SoCal U.S. Rep was across the aisle and another SoCal U.S. Rep was behind me. My seatmate was the VP of government affairs for Herbalife, and they were yukking it up the whole flight and having a good ol' time.

When we landed, the two reps was escorted off the plane and to a waiting van at the foot of the stairs below the jetway while the poor VP had to schlep his bag through the terminal to a waiting car at the curbside.
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Old Apr 21, 13, 7:28 am
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Useless MyTSA app

The AS website page (http://bit.ly/14GEhlX) has this bit of advice:

Take Advantage of Mobile - The TSA has a mobile app informing which security lines are longest and where there are fewer delays.

The app - MyTSA - is not useful. It only includes PASSENGER-REPORTED wait times, not official wait times. For example, there is exactly one wait time reported for SEA in the last 24 hours, for 9:03am Saturday (it is 6:25am Sunday as I post this) and only for the Central Checkpoint. The next most recent wait time is posted from three days ago.

Totally useless. AS should remove this advice from its website.
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Old Apr 21, 13, 9:46 am
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Flying # 153 to Nome out of ANC later today. Hmm
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Old Apr 21, 13, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by jackal View Post

Regular Congresscritters definitely do fly commercial. I know several people who have run into Alaska Senator Murkowski on flights, and I've personally seen all three (Lisa Murky, Mark Baggage, and Don Old) at the ANC airport, both in and out of the Board Room.
Definitely. However, there are also some particularly influential Congresspeople who famously did not fly commercial, at least until very recently.

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Old Apr 21, 13, 10:33 am
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Saw this posted on the AA forum and found it interesting and probably has some merit:

The airlines' trade group is trying to sue to prevent the furloughs from taking place at the FAA. The real purpose of the email is for AA (and the airline industry generally) to get the public riled up enough to put some heat on the FAA and the federal government to stop the furloughs/implement the sequester differently.

The email was not to inform you, it was to enlist you as a vocal ally in the airlines' battle with the FAA.
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Old Apr 21, 13, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by apodo77 View Post
Saw this posted on the AA forum and found it interesting and probably has some merit:

The airlines' trade group is trying to sue to prevent the furloughs from taking place at the FAA. The real purpose of the email is for AA (and the airline industry generally) to get the public riled up enough to put some heat on the FAA and the federal government to stop the furloughs/implement the sequester differently.

The email was not to inform you, it was to enlist you as a vocal ally in the airlines' battle with the FAA.
That's what it seemed like. I know ANC nor SEA were named, but flights have been early for me today from both these airports so far ^ Perhaps AS is being more proactive too to send flights out early to account for delays further in the system as a/c fly today.
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Old Apr 21, 13, 11:59 am
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I've got a feeling that it'll be irregular operations that we will really see the difference. Anything that strains the system more than normal will be much tougher to deal with when there are less people directing traffic.
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