On Wednesday, every flight in the country was grounded for several hours due to what the FAA described as a "mass system failure." Another similar grounding took place in Canada not long after that, and for the same mysterious reason.
All of this occurred just days after Southwest had to cancel many of its flights due to, you guessed it: more system failures. What is going on, exactly?
According to reports, the nationwide grounding on Wednesday started around 6:30 a.m. EST. The online flight tracker FlightAware estimated that 760 flights were either coming into or leaving the United States at the time, with another 90 flights listed as canceled.
Most of the delays occurred along the East Coast but gradually spread west throughout the morning. Some flights, including international flights to Miami, were still allowed to land during the grounding.
Air travelers both domestic and abroad ended up being stranded for hours on end as they awaited information about what was going on and what to expect. Many were stuck inside on tarmacs unable to deplane.
On Twitter, the FAA eventually released an update stating that:
"The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions Systems. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now.
Operations across the National Airspace System are affected.
We will provide frequent updates as we make progress."
(Related: Shutting down air travel is a key agenda of the Green New Deal.)
Apparently, the FAA's NOTAM system had "failed" the morning of all the groundings – this system containing information that is essential to workers who are involved in flight operations.
"Technicians are currently working to restore the system and there is no estimate for restoration of service at this time," the agency said about it.
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas also tweeted that the FAA had experienced a "system outage" that caused ground stops at AUS and other airports across the country.
"Arriving & departing passengers can expect delays this morning & through the day," AUS added. "Please stay in contact with your airline & check your flight status before heading to AUS."
Later in the day, the FAA provided another update stating that "final validation checks" were taking place, adding that it was "repopulating the system" for restoration.
"We will provide frequent updates as we make progress," the authority added.
As all of this was going on, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg issued a reassurance to America that there was nothing to worry about because the FAA was working "swiftly" to rectify its issues.
"I have been in touch with FAA this morning about an outage affecting a key system for providing safety information to pilots," Buttigieg tweeted. "FAA is working to resolve this issue swiftly and safely so that air traffic can resume normal operations, and will continue to provide updates."
Despite all the excuses and cover stories, something is just not adding up concerning the state of our country and world. By all appearances, the economy is breaking down piece by piece – what do you think?
Here is what one commenter had to say about the shadiness of the matter:
"The government had the audacity to chastise Southwest Airlines, yet the government can't even get their own computers to work. Morons run our government."
Another wrote that all of this is why he does not want the federal government in charge of health care – because you know that would be a disaster, too.
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