Spending cuts Americans will feel the most

POSTED: 10:18 AM PST Feb 21, 2013    UPDATED: 11:46 AM PST Mar 01, 2013 

With no deal in place in Congress, $85 billion in sweeping federal spending cuts will take effect today, targeting everything from defense to education. Here's where Americans will really feel the impact of the cuts.

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Airport security and air traffic. Proposed cuts to the Transportation Security Administration could mean the wait at airport security checkpoints could increase by at least an hour due to furloughed TSA screeners, who check passengers and cargo for bombs, guns and other prohibited items. It could take longer to get through customs as well. The Federal Aviation Administration manages air traffic at more than 400 commercial airports and cuts raise the possibility of flight delays, especially at crowded airports. The agency has preemptively warned its 47,000 workers of furloughs for one day every two weeks through September.

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