Flights ‘grounded & delayed across US’ after FAA reports crucial system failure leaving planes ‘on tarmac for hours’

Flights ‘grounded & delayed across US’ after FAA reports crucial system failure leaving planes ‘on tarmac for hours’

FLIGHTS have been reportedly grounded and delayed across the country following a suspected computer glitch.

Officials at the Federal Aviation Administration first reported a system failure on January 10 and it still hasn’t been resolved.

Flights across the US have been grounded
Flights across the US have been groundedCredit: Getty

At least 500 delays have been reported within, into, or out of the US today, according to Flight Aware.

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.

Dozens of flights at the airport have been delayed, including passengers that were due to head to Tokyo.

One traveler in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport has tweeted that no flights are heading to America.

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, and Jacksonville airport in Florida.

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.

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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.

 The agency said: “Technicians are currently working to restore the system and there is no estimate for restoration of service at this time.”

One passenger tweeted that their United Airlines pilot explained the outage meant that he cannot check his flight plans.

They added: “Putting safety first, they are grounding flights until FAA fixes the system.”

It comes just weeks after millions of Americans were plunged into travel chaos during the holidays.

Thousands of Southwest Airlines flights were axed, leaving travelers stranded.

The U.S. Sun has approached the FAA for comment.

Chris Bradford

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