Americans faced travel chaos on Wednesday morning as all domestic flight departures were delayed by the FAA due to an outage in their systems.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a ground stop of all U.S. flights until 9 a.m. Eastern Time after a huge failure of Notice to Air Missions system (NOTAM) following an outage.
The FAA says the pause on all flights is to “allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information.”
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The White House says there is no evidence of a cyberattack. President Joe Biden has directed the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct an investigation into what caused the incident.
“The President has been briefed by the Secretary of Transportation this morning on the FAA system outage,” wrote White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Twitter.
United Airlines confirmed that “the FAA system that sends out important real-time flight hazards & restrictions to all commercial airline pilots – Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) – is currently suffering a nationwide outage.”
We will update this story as more details are released.