Flights halted in and out of major Florida airports due to computer issue

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Penny MacDonald was supposed to depart Tampa International Airport on Monday April 22, 2013 at 1:40, but her flight to Toronto had been delayed to 3:10. She passed the time by knitting at the gate. A combination of furloughs of FAA air controllers due to sequestration and bad weather in the northeast caused hiccups in the commercial airline system on Monday. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Edmund D. Fountain) Fountain, Edmund D.

Flights halted in and out of major Florida airports due to computer issue

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Flights into and out of Florida airports have been halted, leaving airline passengers on indefinite delays and temporarily stranded.

“The [Federal Aviation Administration] has slowed the volume of traffic into Florida airspace due to an air traffic computer issue that is being resolved,” the federal agency told the Washington Examiner Monday afternoon.

Air traffic control centers use the computer system En Route Automation Modernization to manage aircraft in the skies. The problem Monday stems from an ERAM issue, the FAA added.

The FAA website indicated flights to and from six major airports in the southern half of Florida were suspended until further notice. Delays range from an hour to two hours, but the government website states that wait times are expected to continue increasing.

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Those airports include Miami International Airport (MIA), Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), and Naples Airport (APF).

Flights in and out of Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) are delayed.

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The ground stops come days after Southwest Airlines canceled tens of thousands of flights and left passengers stranded nationwide.

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