MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- The next time you fly out of Myrtle Beach International Airport, you could experience long delays, depending on your destination. The first round of the Federal Aviation Administration's furloughs kicks in Sunday which could lead to delays, FAA officials said.
Some of the longest delays could be at a popular airport many Grand Strand passengers use every day. That is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. FAA officials said passengers could see three and a half hour delays getting through Atlanta.
Shelly Miller flies through Atlanta a few times a year and said it is hard enough getting through that airport as things stand now.
"I think it's stressful because we are already really hurried with our layovers," Miller said. "It could mean delays, missed flights, or could mean missed opportunities of landing when you need to land for conferences or retreats or whatever you're doing, and just be a real problem."
The FAA is furloughing some of its staffing for air traffic controls. Officials said the agency has to cut more than $600 million from its budget due to the across-the-board automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.
Dave Deutsch is flying home from Myrtle Beach and said he has had experience with flight delays.
"It's not good because I've had to sit at those airports before for three, four, five hours before and on a tarmac before and it is not fun," Deutsch said.