Breaking: FAA issues ground flights nationwide

Hundreds of flights are being delayed or canceled early Wednesday morning as issues at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forced the agency in charge of U.S. flights to issue a full ground stop of all flights and all destinations in the United States. The FAA says it is having a technology issue, and flights are …

Breaking: FAA issues ground flights nationwide

Hundreds of flights are being delayed or canceled early Wednesday morning as issues at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forced the agency in charge of U.S. flights to issue a full ground stop of all flights and all destinations in the United States.

The FAA says it is having a technology issue, and flights are grounded until at least 9 a.m., but there is no firm guidance on when flights can resume. Airlines and advocates are advising passengers to check their flights before heading to the airport.

So far, at least 1,480 flights have been delayed according to the flight tracking firm Flight Aware. Those numbers are expected to deteriorate throughout the morning. In fact, Southwest has already delayed 44% of its daily flights.

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said he has already been in touch with the FAA, and will continue to provide updates.

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is experiencing a nationwide system outage that affects all airlines,” said American Airlines in a tweet continuing, ” We’re closely monitoring the situation and working with the FAA to minimize customer disruptions.”

United Airlines has already said it was delaying all flights until at least 10 a.m. In a statement, United said, “The FAA system that sends out important real-time flight hazards and restrictions to all commercial airline pilots — Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) — is currently suffering a nationwide outage. United has temporarily delayed all domestic flights and will issue an update when we learn more from the FAA.”

Southwest, in a tweet, says it is closely monitoring the situation.

It was just a few weeks ago when tens of thousands of flights were delayed and canceled due to a wicked winter storm right before Christmas and a subsequent meltdown from Southwest.

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Remember that if your flight is canceled by the airline, you are entitled to a full refund, regardless of the reason.  Department of Transportation policy requires refunds (and not just a trip credit) for issues on U.S. flights.

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This is a developing story and will be updated with additional details.