HOUSTON — If you're planning a vacation, this is your warning about cancellations and delays at the airport this summer.
This time it's all due to a shortage of air traffic controllers.
The FAA said nationwide, about 20% of all controller jobs are empty right now.
According to MarketWatch, airlines have until the end of the month to make regulators aware of any schedule changes. Some airlines have already said they'll be cutting down on flights.
NATC President Rich Santa told Congress that the FAA met its hiring goals for the past decade, but that it hasn't kept up with attrition.
The FAA wants to hire 1,800 new employees, but that those new hires won't solve staffing issues because controllers need up to three years of on-the-job training to be fully certified.