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LaHood: Sequester will have 'serious impact' on transportation

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LaHood, speaking to reporters at Friday's White House press briefing, predicted chaos at the nation's busiest airports because thousands of FAA employees — including air traffic controllers — would be furloughed to save money.

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"This is very painful for us because it involves our employees, but it's going to very painful for the flying public," LaHood said.

"Obviously, as always, safety is our top priority and we will never allow [more than] the amount of air travel we can handle safely to take off and land, which means travelers should expect delays," he added.

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