Flights have now resumed with major delays. Updated story here
Hundreds of US flights were grounded early on Wednesday morning as the U.S. Air Traffic Control system encountered a glitch.
The FAA released a statement via Twitter saying it was “working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System” and promising regular updates.
As of a subsequent update at 06:57 am E.S.T., some systems are coming online but are not fully operational yet.
The Press secretary released a statement via Twitter saying the President has been briefed and that there is no evidence of a cyber attack on the FAA’s systems but that a full investigation will be conducted.
US Flights Cancelled and Delayed
The FAA, whose mission is to provide the world’s safest, most efficient aerospace system, says they are still working on resolving the issue.
Airlines have been forced to cancel and delay flights, with flightaware.com reporting 1,230 delayed flights and 1,361 cancellations as of 07:21 am E.S.T.
At 07:19 am E.S.T., the FAA announced a further update requesting airlines “pause all domestic departures until 9 am Eastern Time to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information.”
What Is A NOTAM?
NOTAMs indicate the real-time and abnormal status of the National Airspace System impacting every user.
The FAA describe A Notice To Air Mission (NOTAM) as a “notice containing information essential to personnel concerned with flight operations but not known far enough in advance to be publicized by other means. It states the abnormal status of a component of the National Airspace System (NAS) – not the normal status.”
Passengers have taken to Twitter to express their frustration and confusion.
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