AAA Travel's Sequester Advice
At this time, it's unclear what the full impact of the sequester may be on travel, but as a full-service travel agency, AAA believes travelers may be impacted in three key ways:
- National Park Changes. Travelers may experience reduced hours of operation for visitor centers, shorter recreational seasons, and possibly closed campgrounds, hiking trails, and other recreational areas.
- Flight Delays. Essential travel security services will remain operational but operated by reduced staff resulting in longer security screening lines. Budget cuts due to the sequester may also impact air traffic controllers, which could slow down air traffic and lead to delays.
- Passport Applications. Currently it takes 4-6 weeks to get your passport in the mail, but this time frame could lengthen. If you’re planning to travel internationally, act now to apply for or renew your passport.
AAA’s sequester travel advice:
- If you have an upcoming flight, contact your travel agent or air carrier to confirm flight schedules.
- If you have international travel plans, be sure to allow enough time to process a passport application.
- If your plans involve a National Park or federal museum, call or check websites before arriving.
- Last, but not least, be patient. You may have to endure longer lines at security screening checkpoints.