Washington (Daily Pakistan Online) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said that normal air traffic is slowly resuming in the United States after several hours of delay. The FAA said flights would resume at 9 a.m. local time, although further delays are expected due to a backlog of flights. As of Wednesday morning, more than 5,800 flights in and out of the United States were delayed and more than 800 were canceled. The issue of flight delays and cancellations in the United States was triggered by a malfunction in the system that alerts pilots to potential hazards on flight paths. It affected airports across the country, from Denver to Atlanta to New York City.
“This technology problem is causing significant operational delays throughout the national air system,” said the industry group Airlines for America, which represents major US airlines such as Delta, American and United, according to the BBC.
US President Joe Biden has been briefed on the system glitch. The White House has said there is no evidence of a cyber attack ‘at this time’. Speaking to reporters, the president said the FAA ‘expects that in a few hours they will have a good idea of what the cause is, and we will respond at that time’. In a tweet, the White House press secretary said the president has called for a full investigation.