Recently North Korea fired a missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. Turns out, the F-A-A ordered a full ground stop for West Coast flights around that time.
While it was brief – reportedly between seven and 20 minutes – it was ordered around the same time North Korea fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile. Still, the FAA’s statement is leaving people with more questions than answers.
According to the press release I found on Twitter, “As a matter of precaution, the FAA temporarily paused departures at some airports along the West Coast on Monday night,” the statement notes. “Full operations resumed in less than 15 minutes. The FAA regularly takes precautionary measures. We are reviewing the process around this ground stop as we do after all such events.”