FAA Outage Update, Damar Hamlin Comes Home: 5 Things Podcast

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From today’s episode of The 5 Things Podcast: More than 10,000 flights delayed, canceled after FAA outage

According to the latest from USA TODAY consumer travel reporter Zach Wichter, FAA outages have grounded flights across the country. Plus, a second set of classified documents found by aides to President Joe Biden, lawsuits over firing and vaccination warrants, USA TODAY’s education reporter Kayla Jimenez talks student lunch debt and Damar Hamlin comes home from the hospital.

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Taylor Wilson:

Hello there. I’m Taylor Wilson and here are 5 things you need to know Thursday, January 12, 2023. A second batch of classified documents was released today, following a massive FAA outage, with the latest flight being canceled and President Joe Biden. found. , and Damar Hamlin returns home.

Yesterday, a computer glitch at the Federal Aviation Administration delayed air traffic across much of the country and grounded flights across the country for the first time since September 11, 2001. So what happened? Producer PJ Elliott sat down with USA TODAY consumer journey reporter Zach Wichter to find out.

PJ Elliott:

Zach, first of all thanks for joining the podcast.

Zach Wichter:

Yes, I’m glad to be here.

PJ Elliott:

Do we know what was the genesis of Wednesday’s system failure with the FAA?

Zach Wichter:

No, no. Many experts I spoke with during my reporting noted that the FAA and many air traffic control institutions in the US use very old technology as their backend. So many people suspect that it’s some kind of computer problem, but we’re not sure. The FAA said they are investigating and we are waiting to hear what they have to say.

PJ Elliott:

Yes, how old is the system?

Zach Wichter:

I’m not 100% sure. I think it went through different iterations. So no one I’ve talked to can say for sure what software the NOTAM system is based on. Most of what the FAA uses and what airlines use are systems built on top of other older systems. I mean, I always wonder how many places in the world do you see dot matrix printers when you go to an airport? Almost every airport catwalk has one. It gives you an idea of ​​the type of technology that most of these people are still involved with.

PJ Elliott:

Zach, I want to ask you about the history of these issues. Is this something the FAA has decided by Wednesday?

Zach Wichter:

So I think what happened on Wednesday is very special, certainly in its scope. But that said, there are always technical issues. We see this in the FAA in the airlines. The big question then becomes how quickly it can be addressed and how widespread it becomes. What we saw on Wednesday was unusual because it affected air systems across the country. But there are always technical problems, so this part is not uncommon.

PJ Elliott:

Are the issues with the FAA on Wednesday related to what happened with Southwest a few weeks ago?

Zach Wichter:

That’s a good question, and I’d say the basic answer is no. Separate systems, separate organizations. I think what we saw on Wednesday, and what we saw in Southwest, may be symptomatic of the same problem with these older systems that support 21st century travel. I think it has cracks in it, for lack of a better word.

PJ Elliott:

Zach, thank you so much for your time and information. Had a good time.

Zach Wichter:

Yes No problem. Thanks again for inviting me.

Taylor Wilson:

A second set of classified documents was discovered by aides to President Joe Biden in a location other than his former office, where the documents were first revealed in November. The White House confirmed the November findings earlier this week.

President Joe Biden:

Everyone knows that I take confidential documents and confidential information seriously.

Taylor Wilson:

Biden also said he would cooperate with the Justice Department’s review of the documents. How many documents were found in the second location and their level of classification is still unknown. Both documents have been compared to former President Donald Trump’s seizure of the Mar-a-Lago document, but the episodes are different. Trump has repeatedly objected to the National Archives’ efforts, while Biden has argued that the documents were immediately returned to the archives. Meanwhile, newly empowered House Republicans are planning a series of investigations into President Joe Biden, including his family’s businesses.

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