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This week Boston Logan Airport had a Ground Stop issued, and with the network outages across America, some airlines had them too. What is one?

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A ground stop is a ban of all aircraft taking off or landing at an airport.

This could be due to a variety of reasons, but is primarily for safety - weather could be an issue (e.g. thunderstorms), or there could be a security alert on the ground, or concern about something that may be on board a plane.

It's usually issued by the FAA, but could be issued by an individual airport as well.

Flights already inbound may be directed to other cities to land there instead.

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