Editor's note: Passengers are saying that United Airlines flights are seeing delays in departures this morning, and @NBCBayArea is reporting that the FAA has grounded all of the carrier's flights due to an "automation issue." We will provide more information as it is confirmed. - Tricia
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the national aviation authority of the United States. An agency of the United States Department of Transportation, it has authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of American civil aviation. The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 created the organization under the name Federal Aviation Agency. The agency adopted its current name in 1966 when it became a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation.