Flights across the United States have been grounded indefinitely after The Federal Aviation Administration suffered a nationwide system error.
An issue with the system was first reported on January 10. Air Traffic Control System Command Center website reads: “The NOTAMS outage continues with no current estimate time of restoration. A hotline has been activated.”
Frustrated passengers have taken to social media to say that they’re sitting on the tarmac for hours on full planes at Los Angeles Airport.
Twitter user Bettina Inclán wrote: “Update from our United pilot – The down system doesn’t let him check flight plans and follow federal regulations. According to people here at DCA airport, it’s a regulatory gray area if they can fly. Putting safety first, they are grounding flights until FAA fixes the system.”
Flights are reportedly delayed leaving airports such as Tampa, Philadelphia, and Honolulu.
And, delays have also been reported at Ronald Reagan Washington airport in Arlington, Virginia.
Flights that were supposed to head to Charlotte and Los Angeles from New York’s JFK airport at 6am ET have been delayed, according to the airport.
And, an announcement was reportedly made at Richmond airport in Virginia informing travelers about the flight delays.
An American Airlines passenger has claimed that they have been sitting on the tarmac for an hour.
It’s thought there is a problem with the NOTAM system – a tool that’s used to warn pilots about potential hazards on a flight.
FAA officials have not revealed when the outage will be resolved.