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Extra 90 minute wait at the airport?

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  • Mandatory, government-wide budget cuts are due to begin on March 1 absent congressional action on deficit-reduction to avert them
File photo: People wait in line for a security check at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on December 23, 2010 in New York City.

You could wait an extra 90 minutes for your flight, if $85 billion in forced budget cuts kick-in on Friday. 

Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, transportation secretary Ray LaHood said he may have to cut back on air traffic controllers beginning in April and that could slow down departures.

Critics say the White House is using scare tactics. They say even with the cuts, the FAA's budget will still be higher than it was five years ago.

VIDEO: LaHood talks budget cut repercussions
 

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