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VOA常速英语新闻:美国着手解决航班延误问题(双语)

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就在一周前,由于在职航空管理员人手不够,游客们遇到的麻烦不断,航班也有延误。华盛顿议员们立即解决了这些问题,再者,由于强制性的开支削减使得1500名航空管理员放无薪假一天,议员们采取的措施也减少了因此带来的影响。游客们松了一口气。
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Most flights were on schedule, as US air travel got back to normal.
大部分航班已按时起飞,美国航空业恢复正常。

This came after a week of growing passenger frustration and airline delays caused by not having enough air traffic controllers on duty. Lawmakers in Washington moved swiftly to solve the problem - and reduce the effect of mandatory spending cuts which had forced 15-hundred air traffic controllers a day to take unpaid leave. Travelers are relieved.
就在一周前,由于在职航空管理员人手不够,游客们遇到的麻烦不断,航班也有延误。华盛顿议员们立即解决了这些问题,再者,由于强制性的开支削减使得1500名航空管理员放无薪假一天,议员们采取的措施也减少了因此带来的影响。游客们松了一口气。

"It doesn't take a genius to figure out that a few bucks for some air traffic controllers would make us all a lot happier," said one airline passenger.
“只要给航空管理员加几美元的薪水,我们就会很开心了,这是傻瓜都能想到的。”

In Atlanta, where delays were not as bad as elsewhere, Airport Manager Louis Miller is still relieved.
亚特兰大的航班延误不像其他城市那么糟糕,这里的机场管理员路易斯·米勒放了心。

"It think it's the ability that the traffic manager here recognized that you do have the busiest airport in the world and, when things get backed up here significantly, every city not only in the US, but internationally, can get affected," he said.
“我觉得航空管理员有这样的能力,那就是能看出这是全世界最繁忙的机场,如果这里出现严重的滞留现象,不仅美国,全世界的城市都会受到影响。”

Transportation officials say the shift in funding also will keep 149 air-control towers at smaller airports open. Despite the move restoring full strength to the nation's air traffic control system, both political parties in Congress continue to blame each other for the forced spending cuts.
交通官员说,资金到位使得小机场的149座航空控制塔继续开放。尽管此举恢复了美国航空控制系统的全部功能,但国会的两党继续就强迫性开支削减互相指责。

词汇解释

1.furlough n. 休假;暂时解雇;放假

This could mean a massive furlough of government workers.
这可能意味着大量的政府工作人员要暂时下岗。

2.on schedule adv. 按时;按照预定时间

I have accomplished the task on schedule.
我按时完成了任务。

3.mandatory adj. 强制的;托管的;命令的

Attendance is mandatory.
务必参加。

4.restore vt. 恢复;修复;归还

The doctor restored him to his sight.
医生恢复了他的视力。

5.full strength 满员;全强度

The bandits turned out in full strength.
匪徒们倾巢出动。
 

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