Multiple airlines, including Southwest, American and Delta, saw their planes temporarily grounded early Monday morning due to a computer outage in a central system. As a result, travelers can expect lingering flight delays as airlines play catch-up.
The Federal Aviation Administration said several airlines are experiencing issues with AeroData, a program that provides weight-and-balance information that is necessary to grant clearance for takeoff. The FAA said severity varied by airline.
Southwest Airlines said the outage grounded flights for about 40 minutes.
Airline spokesman Dan Landson said that scattered flight delays are anticipated and customers should check Southwest.com for the latest updates on specific flights.
“We’re working with customers on any impacts to their travel plans and we appreciate their understanding as we place nothing higher than the safe operation of every flight,” he said in a statement.
Delta spokeswoman Savannah Huddleston said the outage was also affecting its regional Delta Connection flights, preventing flights from being dispatched.
“Our teams are working to resume normal operations as quickly as possible. We apologize to customers for any inconvenience. If you’re on a flight departing soon, please check the status of your flight via the Fly Delta Mobile App or Delta.com,” she said in a statement.
Passengers complaining about the delays on Twitter said they were told it was a pilot paperwork issue.
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