Air Travel Across The Nation Crippled Due To Computer Outage

NEW YORK (AP) – A computer outage at the Federal Aviation Administration has brought flights to a standstill across the U.S., with hundreds of delays quickly cascading through the system at airports nationwide. The FAA ordered all U.S. flights to delay departures until 9 a.m. Eastern, though airlines said Wednesday that they were aware of the situation and had already begun grounding flights. At 8:30 a.m.

Eastern, there were more than 3,700 delayed flights within, into or out of the United States. More than 550 were cancelled.

The Port of Portland issued a statement just before 5:30 Wednesday morning. “At 5:15 a.m., the Port received notice that the FAA had issued a ground stop for departing traffic. Operations advise that any inbound traffic will still be received. At this time airlines at PDX are still issuing boarding passes and passengers are still going through the security checkpoints.”

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