TSA official says no employee furloughs expected

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Associated Press

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Transportation Security Administration official says so far, so good for airport travelers wary of the effects of automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1.

TSA Deputy Administrator John Halinski told a congressional panel Thursday that he does not expect furloughs for his agency, which staffs airport security across the nation. And, he said, longer wait times at check points have not yet materialized as a result of so-called sequestration, as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned last month.

Halinski said the budget recently by President Barack Obama gave the agency additional money for security officers and have averted the long wait times so far.

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