NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says an “automation problem” that snarled air traffic throughout a large swatch of the Northeast stretching from New York down to the Carolinas has been resolved.
The agency said that a computer system at an air traffic center in Leesburg, Va., that controllers use to direct high-altitude flights was back in service, and that officials were expected to have lifted any remaining order to hold planes on the ground by about 4 p.m. EDT.
The effects of the air traffic control computer glitch was felt by passengers like Ron Furia from New Jersey, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.
“It was originally a 5 o’clock flight and now it’s 8:45,” Furia said.
Furia said all he can do is grin and bear it.
“These things happen and when you travel you know it can happen,” Furia said. “You don’t like it, but there’s not much you can do about it.”
The system went back online around 4 p.m. but left passengers with still plenty of time to kill.
“I have a book with me, a crossword puzzl,” Furia said. “Whatever it takes.”