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FAA computer glitch causes East Coast delays, some at DFW

Flights at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to the East Coast were seeing short delays Tuesday afternoon amid computer problems with the air traffic control system.

CNN and The Associated Press were reporting that the delays were being caused by communications problems. CNN reported that hundreds of flights were affected.

D/FW spokesman Brian Murnahan said many flights bound for East Coast cities north of Atlanta were seeing delays of up to 15 minutes. And incoming flights from the East Coast were arriving up to an hour late.

"We're seeing how long this is going to last, and whether it's going to have much impact on our area," he said.

The breakdown centered on the FAA's computer system in Atlanta used to file flight plans, said American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely. The agency has switched to a backup system in Salt Lake City, but plans were still being filed slowly by late afternoon.

Passengers traveling today should check with their airline to ensure that the flight is on time before leaving for the airport.