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FAA technical glitch grounded thousands of flights across the U.S. but airports are now resuming flights

More than 2,500 domestic flights are being impacted by the order from the FAA

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A computer outage at the Federal Aviation Administration brought flights to a standstill across the U.S. on Wednesday.

A Southwest plane lands at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. A computer outage at the Federal Aviation Administration brought flights to a standstill across the U.S. on Wednesday, with hundreds of delays quickly cascading through the system at airports nationwide.

Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

This story will be updated throughout the day.

Domestic flights across the U.S. were grounded early Wednesday morning due to a Federal Aviation Administration glitch and lasted a little less than two hours.

Normal traffic operations started resuming in airports just before 9 a.m. EST, per The Washington Post.

At around 7 a.m. EST, the FAA announced that all domestic departures would be paused until 9 a.m. “to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information,” the FAA said in a statement, per The New York Times.

The order affected at least 2,500 flights that were delayed or canceled, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking site.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tweeted, “I have been in touch with FAA this morning about an outage affecting a key system for providing safety information to pilots. FAA is working to resolve this issue swiftly and safely so that air traffic can resume normal operations, and will continue to provide updates.”

What FAA system failed?

The Notice to Air Missions System sends notices to flight personnel had “failed” making an impact “across the National Airspace System,” the FAA said, per The Washington Post.

As of right now, there’s no evidence pointing to a the issue stemming from an attack.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted, “There is no evidence of a cyberattack at this point, but the President directed DOT to conduct a full investigation into the causes. The FAA will provide regular updates.”