When authorities found 50-year-old air marshal controller Philip Maschek from Arkansas passed out in his chair with his shirt off at 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning, it was a clear telltale that this man was not cut out to be controlling any air traffic.
The FAA is ordering all its air traffic controllers back to work after Congress passes a bill ending furloughs.
Clearly, President Obama is playing a nasty political game with the air-traffic controller furloughs that have forced severe airline delays across the country.
This week, the Obama administration furloughed 14,500 air traffic controllers -- staffers will lose two days of work per month -- ostensibly to comply with the 2011 Budget Control Act's $85 billion in sequester cuts this year. The Federal Aviation Administration's share is $637 million. So expect delays at the airport. That's the idea, but it didn't have to be.
Pressure is building to end the delays at the nation's airports - and now, the White House says there is a way out.
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