Guam – The Transportation Security Administration is warning airline passengers nationwide of the potential for delays in the wake of sequestration..
However the impact has yet to be felt at Guam’s A.B. Won Pat International Airport.
No delays from sequestration have occurred yet says Airport Spokeswoman Rolanda Faasuamalea.
They are however preparing for more for delays from the increase in visitors, then staff shortages as a result of cuts in TSA’s budget.
The Assistant TSA Security Director here on Guam, Jorge Guerrero, emailed to PNC News TSA’s official statement from Washington which warns that delays may not be immediate, but they will occur as staffing levels decrease over time.
READ TSA’s official statement as it relates to sequestration below:
“As sequestration takes effect, travelers can expect to see lines and wait times increase as reductions to overtime and the inability to backfill positions for attrition begin to occur this month.”
“While wait times can vary on a number of factors, due to the reductions mandated by sequestration, TSA will put in place a hiring freeze, which will result in up to an additional 1,000 TSO vacancies by Memorial Day Weekend and up to 2,600 vacancies by the end of the fiscal year.”
“With TSA staffing levels decreasing over time, we expect that during busy travel periods wait times exceeding 30-40 minute could double at nearly all of the largest airports. In addition, passengers who schedule their travel outside of peak flight schedules and plan to arrive close to their scheduled flight time may see their wait times now reach 30 minutes or more.”