(PartiallyPolitics.com) Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been heavily criticized following an outage in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Notice that led to all U.S. flights being grounded. The message had been sent to the Air Missions system.
This is not the first time in the past few weeks that a system error caused multiple flights to be grounded. Over the Christmas weekend, a failure in the Southwest Airlines system caused thousands of flights to be canceled leaving thousands stranded.
When the FAA system was restored, Buttigieg took to Twitter to announce that everything was working properly again.
When the system error had grounded thousands of flights, Buttigieg blasted Southwest Airlines. Now, he is the one facing similar criticisms. As the appointed secretary to the U.S. Department of Transportation in February 2021 by President Joe Biden, many have taken to Twitter to blame him for the failure of the system.
Political commentator John Burnett mocked Buttigieg by saying that when Southwest’s system had failed Buttigieg had brought out the soap box, but now that their own system had failed he wasn’t anywhere to be seen.
Republican activist and former Senate candidate Milton Wolf called Buttigieg “spectacularly bad” at his job. Wolf’s comments also referenced Buttigieg’s vacation to Portugal in September during a time when rail labor negotiations and tension were running high.
Buttigieg’s vacation caused a lot of attention at the time and has received a lot of criticism since. Republican Representative Troy Nehls also mocked Buttigieg and his vacations in his latest tweets.
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