When alerts came over this writer's mobile phone in the morning about 7:40 this morning about the ground stop issued by the FAA a few hours--HOURS--and when an international news service, Reuters, posted this photo of airplanes stacked- up at JFK airport -
I knew it would be a lousy day for travelers at BWI and everywhere else. Then, BWI, via Twitter, issued this advisory.
White House Spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre says that a cyber attack has been ruled out as a cause. She downplayed the time the ground stoppage was in effect, saying it was just 90 minutes.
Meantime, the conservative Heritage Foundation says the FAA is not prioritizing it's budget to update its technology.
"An FAA outage this morning, delayed flights all across the US and comes only a couple weeks after the Southwest debacle. Heritage director and former DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Diana Furchtgott-Roth slams the FAA and DOT whose 2023 budgets focus on “racial equity,” “inclusion,” “climate change,” and etc., “The FAA should focus on technology and hiring qualified personnel rather than on pursuing a woke, radical agenda.”
- FURCHTGOTT-ROTH: “It’s time for the FAA to return to its mission: Providing the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.”
- The $15 billion of 2023 federal funding for the FAA includes a special focus on “environmental justice” and “climate change mitigation,” “prioritizing sustainable design and construction,” “enhancing equity through more inclusive contracting.”
- With some terminal air traffic control facilities 79 years old—an the “youngest” traffic control center being 56 years old—and the FAA drawing attention to the need for maintenance and upgrades—it is preposterous to be squandering tax dollars on “sustainable fuels,” “solar based technologies for runways,” and green “pavement materials.”
You've heard this advice before: Check with your airline before heading to the airport.