In the height of Labor Day weekend travel, United Airlines had requested that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issue a ground stop order on all of its aircraft in the entire United States and U.S.-bound flights from Canada. Flights were able to land, but none could take off until the order was lifted.
“We are experiencing a systemwide technology issue and are holding all aircraft at their departure airports. Flights that are already airborne are continuing to their destination as planned,” United originally tweeted. “We will share more information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience as we work on a resolution to get you on your way as soon as possible.”
United then tweeted at 2:01 PM that flights had resumed.
“We have identified a fix for the technology issue and flights have resumed,” the tweet reads. “We’re working with impacted customers to help them reach their destinations as soon as possible.”
The FAA also confirmed that the order was lifted, according to its tweet.
The Biden administration, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, have received a lot of criticism during the many transportation mishaps in the past few years. The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:
Delays in air travel across the United States have become common in recent years due to staffing shortages — of pilots and air traffic controllers — as well as union disputes with airline management, according to CNN. Previously, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had warned airlines that they would face delays unless equipped to withstand 5G interference, according to The Wall Street Journal.
President Joe Biden announced in May that his administration will introduce new regulations requiring airlines to purchase meals and hotels for passengers who have been affected by cancellations.
We are experiencing a systemwide technology issue and are holding all aircraft at their departure airports. Flights that are already airborne are continuing to their destination as planned. We will share more information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience as we…
— United Airlines (@united) September 5, 2023
— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) September 5, 2023
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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