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FAA outage causes travel chaos nationwide and leaves passengers ‘frustrated’

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A sweeping computer glitch that halted domestic departures early Wednesday left airline passengers confused, frustrated and stranded at airports across the country.

The Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, which pilots rely on for the latest information on airport and airspace closures and safety, had “failed,” the Federal Aviation Administration said. Just before 9 a.m., the agency said normal air traffic operations were resuming gradually across the United States.

“The ground stop has been lifted,” the FAA said, noting that the cause of the outage is being investigated.

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More than 4,000 flights were delayed and more than 700 flights were canceled in the U.S. as of 9 a.m., according to FlightAware.com.

Tashara Chanel White, a licensed practical nurse, was supposed to depart from Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina at 5:20 a.m. to head to Miami and then on to Cartagena, Colombia, but her flight’s captain said they may not depart Wednesday given the outage. 

The news came about five minutes prior to boarding her American Airlines flight while passengers were at the gate, she said.

“This is insane. We were told that…

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