Flight cancellations and delays pile up after an FAA safety system outage

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Travelers wait in the terminal as an Alaska Airlines plane sits at a gate at Los Angeles International Airport early Wednesday. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

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Thousands of flights are delayed or cancelled after the Federal Aviation Administration ordered a nationwide pause on domestic flight departures on Wednesday.

The FAA’s system for alerting pilots and airports of real-time hazards, called NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions), went dark around 3:28 a.m. ET, sparking safety concerns.

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