Another disastrous day for the flying public. After the holiday scheduling meltdown, the FAA’s pilot safety alerting system broke down Wednesday, grounding air traffic. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s future presidential campaign has some big problems.
According to the Washington Free Beacon:
“The language we use in aerospace matters,” the FAA tweeted from its official account. “We’ve begun to adopt gender-neutral and inclusive aviation terminology as part of our agency-wide initiative.”
It’s not clear why the system failed overnight, but the White House said there was no evidence of a cyberattack. Buttigieg said Wednesday he didn’t know how the system crashed and ordered a root cause analysis to determine the cause of the failure. “Glitches or complications happen all the time,” Buttigieg said on MSNBC.
The Transportation Department’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion is also reflected in its $26.8 billion budget request for the 2023 fiscal year.
The department said it would allocate funds to tackle climate change, address inequities, and advance “environmental justice.” The department requested $15.2 billion for the FAA to improve aviation safety and infrastructure, but said it would enact those improvements by promoting environmental justice, climate change mitigation, and “enhancing equity through more inclusive contracting and workforce development.”
We’re closing out 2021 by celebrating some notable aerospace achievements that happened this year. Cheers to everyone’s hard work and successes that make our skies safe and our community exciting, inspiring, sustainable and inclusive. https://t.co/XP2TOb3H9r #BestOf2021 pic.twitter.com/DA9fQpVbVF
— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) December 29, 2021