Worst Transportation Sec In History: Buttigieg Claims Everything Is Fine Now

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The Biden Administration has been beset by crisis after crisis, with transportation issues at the forefront. From ships waiting offshore to truckers unable to move goods, it’s been a rough ride for Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

The latest snag in the transportation system came Tuesday morning when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suffered a nationwide technical outage and ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures for more than an hour.

“I have been in touch with FAA this morning about an outage affecting a key system for providing safety information to pilots,” Buttigieg wrote on social media Wednesday morning. “FAA is working to resolve this issue swiftly and safely so that air traffic can resume normal operations, and will continue to provide updates.”

“FAA has determined that the safety system affected by the overnight outage is fully restored, and the nationwide ground stop will be lifted effective immediately,” he wrote later. “I have directed an after-action process to determine root causes and recommend next steps.”

Despite Buttigieg’s assurances, the outage resulted in 719 canceled flights across the U.S. and more than 4,000 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were delayed according to FlightAware.

The failure of the FAA’s NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) system, which alerts pilots and other personnel about airborne issues and other delays at airports across the country, has been a source of criticism for the Biden Administration.

The troubles don’t stop there. The transportation secretary recently came under fire after it was revealed he vacationed in Porto, Portugal, while his agency and the White House were locked in tense negotiations with rail worker unions to avert a strike that could have had a dire impact on the U.S. economy. The Department of Transportation said the vacation was a “long-planned personal trip.”

Buttigieg has also been criticized for his handling of the supply chain crisis in 2021. Throughout the second half of the year, ships were forced to wait off the coast of California due to onshore logjams, as a trucker shortage slowed transportation and rail yards faced massive clogs.

The Biden Administration’s transportation woes don’t appear to be ending anytime soon. Despite Buttigieg’s assurances that the FAA’s system is now fully restored and the nationwide ground stop has been lifted, one can’t help but wonder what other transportation issues will arise in the future.

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