15 September 2004-- THOUSANDS of passengers have been and continue to be stranded across the US southwest after an alleged radio breakdown at a key air traffic control center grounded hundreds of flights. Aviation officials ordered all take-offs and landings at Los Angeles International Airport, the world's fifth busiest airport and at other airports on the west coast of the United States, delaying all flights and triggering a ripple effect across the country.
The Federal Aviation Authority said the stoppage was ordered after a high-altitude air traffic control facility at Palmdale, east of Los Angeles, lost radio contact with planes within their air jurisdiction.
Los Angeles International Airport was the center of controversy ten days ago when a “flashlight” reportedly exploded at the Tom Bradley International Terminal following a security breach involving a person running past security and into a secure area of the airport.
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