FAA Glitch Causes Widespread Flight Delays

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 4:00 PM CDT
This framegrab from video, provided by CNN, shows the large number of commercial flights affected by a communication failure at a Georgia facility that processes flight plans.   (AP Photo/CNN)
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(Newser) – A computer glitch in an FAA computer system caused flight delays around the country today, the Wall Street Journal reports. The situation appeared to be easing this evening as airports—Atlanta, Chicago, and Boston were hardest hit—got back on track. The snag hit one of two FAA facilities that processes flight-approval plans. Air-traffic controllers said the error did not pose any safety risks, but it has raised questions about whether the FAA needs a better back-up system.