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TAMPA, Fla. -- There were no plane problems on Sunday for four-year-old Lilly Puzio as she and her family flew from Connecticut to Tampa.

"I think it was on time," she says.

Her dad, Peter, says both of their flights went smoothly, with no delays. In fact, they arrived a little early.

"Everything was perfect," he says.

That's a far cry from what some travelers thought just a couple days ago,as budget cuts from the sequester forced furloughs for air traffic controllers, which led to widespread flight delays.

Earlier in the week, up to a thousand flights a day faced problems and delays, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. About 40 percent of them, officials say, were caused by the abnormal staffing levels and were only made worse by bad weather in some regions of the country.

"We were concerned about that," Peter Puzio says, "traveling with two kids and not making the flights."

On Friday, Congress voted to ease the burden of across the board spending cuts on the country's air traffic control system.Because of that, the Federal Aviation Administration says things should be back to normal by Sunday evening.

"I think that's awesome for travelers," says Patrick Miller, who flew into Tampa from Philadelphia and says he, too, had a smooth flight. "It would be a shame for the sequester and furloughs to affect people who are just trying to travel."

"It's about time," Peter Puzio adds. "They finally came to an agreement and it's a good thing for all of us."

A good thing for people like Lilly, who will now make it to Disney World right on time.

"Bye!" she exclaimed happily as she left the airport, dragging a suitcase covered in Disney princesses.

The FAA can use up to $253 million to restore staffing levels. However, a lot of the money comes from airport improvement funds, which has been seen by some as a controversial move.





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