The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that all flights in the United States are suspended due to a computer problem.
According to the entity, different verifications are being carried out to be able to validate that everything is working correctly in order to reactivate the system.
Meanwhile, thousands of travelers are stranded waiting for an answer. According to the American news channel CNBC, there would be about 400 flights that have been affected by the failure in the computer system.
Through its Twitter account, the FAA reported that they are working against the clock to solve the failure that occurs in the air mission notification system or Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM).
Once the system is restarted, flights will be rescheduled and travelers will be relocated according to emergencies and needs.
The NOTAM is a system that alerts aircraft pilots and flight personnel about possible dangers on the route or changes in services or procedures that occur within airports.
As explained by the newspaper El País of Spain, when a pilot submits his flight plan to the airport authorities, the NOTAM informs him about the possible risks, the closures of nearby airports or any obstacle that may occur during his trip so that, having this information, the pilot can maneuver in the best way.
According to the FAA, the failure that was presented in the NOTAM is that the information was not being updated, which means that the pilots cannot receive the information in real time, which can mean a risk for travelers and the overall crew.
More than 7,000 flights canceled in the United States due to a winter wave
Complications in travel in the United States have also been occurring for several weeks as a result of the winter wave.
More than 7,000 journeys were affected and canceled since December 23, according to the specialized portal FlightAware., same as already pointed out 1,622 flights were canceled during the hours of December 24.
The main airlines in the country canceled flights in the United States, as it did Southwest Airlines, China Eastern, Air China, Alaska Airlines and Delta among others.
According to FlightaWare total cancellations to and from the United States totaled 2,809also adding more than two thousand delays in flights to and from the North American country.
For the Christmas season and New Year’s Eve, the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that nearly 113 million people would travel 50 miles or more from home between December 23 and January 2. That is 4% more than last year, although it is below the record of 119 million in 2019.
The AAA also reported that about 6% of Americans would travel by air. However, the climatic conditions that have been registered and that tend to worsen, would lead many citizens to change their travel itineraries for these dates.
Airports in the United States have reported that they would work hard to remain open. Such is the case of the O’Hare and Midway air terminals in Chicago, which They indicated that they have 350 pieces of equipment and 400,000 gallons of liquid to defrost pavements. between them to keep the landing and takeoff runways clear.
According to the United States Transportation Security Administration, December 22 and 30 would be the busiest days at airports in that country and traffic was expected to be close to pre-pandemic levels. However, the weather conditions, if they do not improve, would lead to more drastic measures being taken in air services.