Call it the spring of uncertainty: The government says you can travel with little pocket knives, then decides no, you can’t. Budget sequester trims air traffic controllers’ hours, resulting in airport backups, then Congress restores schedules — for now, anyway. Homeland security curbs airport security checkpoint overtime and says lines aren’t longer, but some travelers report longer lines.
As we plan our summer trips, it’s harder than ever to anticipate schedule quirks. But these things are certainties: Airplanes are being reconfigured with less room per passenger, fees are on the rise, and any hiccup in the weather is likely to strand passengers as airlines book every flight to the gills (and sometimes beyond the gills).
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