TIA slowly returning to normal after FAA furlough delays

TAMPA - Lines at Tampa International Airport were returning to normal on Friday afternoon.

It was a much different story from earlier this week when there were long lines and up to 29 flights delayed, some of them up to 3 hours.

Friday morning there were 12, and Christine Osborne with TIA says the wait wasn't as long.

"Some of them are as much as an hour depending on which airports they're going to, the airports in the Northeast are the most heavily impacted, but others are maybe 20-30 minutes are so," she said.

The reason for the delays? The mandatory FAA furloughs that were announced on Monday, and lasting throughout the week.

John Woodside is waiting for a flight back to Newark, so far he says he's not expecting any delays, but he caught the brunt of the mess when he was stuck on the tarmac at Newark for 4 and a half hours on Monday heading out to Tampa.

"From 9:30 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. They said it was something to do with the controlling and they couldn't get us off the runway," he says."

The people on the plane were like many across the country this week.

"They were getting a little annoyed. But the captain was even annoyed, you could tell that," he said.

While the government may have recently ended the furloughs, at least temporarily, John Woodside says he's still wary.

"It's going to get worse before it gets better. But I'm not flying anymore after today!"

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