recommended reading

As Thanksgiving travelers head out, FAA flight status site goes down

Matt York/AP

Update, 1:57 p.m. ET: The flight status site is back up.

As Americans headed out on one of the busiest travel days of the year Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration's online system for reporting on the status of flights and airport delays was down. 

Visitors to the FAA's Airport Status and Delays site were greeted with the following message:

We're sorry
You have reached this page because the site is currently down. Please check back soon, as we are currently working to get the issue resolved.

Thank you,
FAA Web Operations Team

FAA is aware of the outage and working to resolve it, a spokesman said Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, he said, the agency is urging travelers to call their airlines, which operate on separate systems for delay information.

FAA has no information yet on whether the outage was caused by high traffic to the website or by something else, the spokesman said.

In a posting Tuesday on holiday travel tips, the FAA had directed travelers to the airport status page.

In a 2007 press release on the system, the FAA described it this way: "General information – if operations are running smoothly or if there are delays – can be obtained simply by moving a mouse cursor over one of the airports featured on a map of the United States. More detailed information, including current average delay times and the reason for the delay, can be obtained by clicking on the airport."

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.