The budget battle in Washington that is forcing cuts to federal budgets has already resulted in delays and long lines at some of the nation's largest airports, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.
At a breakfast meeting with the news organization Politico, Napolitano said her agency is cutting overtime pay and sending out furlough notices to customs officers and airport security screeners.
As a result, she said lines have already increased 150% to 200% at airports, including Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
"We are already seeing the effects at some of the ports of entry, the big airports, for example," she said.
However, a spokesman for LAX said delays over the weekend were "minimal" and passengers waited in lines less than 30 minutes.