Sequester Grounds Thunderbirds For Lauderdale Air Show

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be grounded for this year’s Lauderdale Air Show in April as a result of the federal budget sequester.

The fighter jet team planned on spending more than 200 days on the road to celebrate its 60th anniversary and was supposed to appear as the headline act for the Fort Lauderdale show on April 20tha nd 21st.

However, after the March 1st budget cut went into effect, the team announced that they had canceled all their shows after April 1st .

The federal budget sequester are budget cuts which affect every cabinet department and agency of the federal government. The government has put a cap on the amount of money being spent in transportation as well.

Both Opa Locka Airport and North Perry Airport, located in Pembroke Pines, will be affected by the budget cuts. Both airports’ towers may face suspension.

Travelers may also see a longer wait when going through airport security.

“Travelers will likely not see immediate impacts at airport security checkpoints on March 1st,” said a TSA representative Lauren Sundquist in a statement on Friday. “Lines and wait times will increase as reductions to overtime and the inability to backfill positions for attrition occur.”

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