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TSA official says no employee furloughs expected

Richard Lardner, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Transportation Security Administration official says so far, so good for airport travelers wary of the effects of automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1.

TSA Deputy Administrator John Halinski told a congressional panel Thursday that he does not expect furloughs for his agency, which staffs airport security across the nation. And, he said, longer wait times at check points have not yet materialized as a result of so-called sequestration, as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned last month.

Halinski said the budget recently by President Barack Obama gave the agency additional money for security officers and have averted the long wait times so far.