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FAA: Contractor ‘unintentionally’ removed files resulting in system outage, grounding of flights

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The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement explaining the system outage that occurred last week resulting in the suspension of thousands of flights. One of the FAA’s contractors, an unnamed company, unintentionally removed files in the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, which sends real-time information about potential hazards to pilots on their routes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Last week the FAA’s initial assessment was that “a data file was damaged by personal who failed to follow procedures.” The FAA told the Journal this week “the agency has so far found no evidence of a cyberattack or malicious intent.”

The FAA has also declared it has fixed deficiencies in the system and adapted it to make it capable of withstanding such errors in the future. Immediately fingers were pointed and conclusions were drawn as to where the blame should lie.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian suggested the FAA is not to blame, and called upon our politicians to ‘do better’. “I lay this on the fact that we are not giving them the resources, the funding, the staffing, the tools, the technology they need,” said Bastian. “Hopefully this will be the call to our political leaders in Washington that we need to do better.”

National Review writes some critics believe the outage is evidence of
government ineptitude, urging the privatization of air-traffic control.” According to FlightAware, over 2,500 flights within and out of the United States were delayed. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was largely absent, saying not more than that the FAA was working to resolve the problem as soon as possible so that air traffic could resume normal operations.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president directed the Department of Transportation “to conduct a full investigation into the causes” of the failure.

 

 

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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