Southwest Airlines Computer Outage Grounds Fleet Nationwide
Southwest Airlines flights across the country are not going anywhere at the moment.
Thanks to a widespread computer outage, the Dallas-based carrier reported that most of its flights were grounded while the airline attempts to get its systems back online.
The FAA said that Southwest requested a nationwide ground stop for all departing flights earlier on Wednesday.
“Southwest Airlines began experiencing intermittent performance issues earlier this afternoon with multiple technology systems as a result of an outage,” said airline spokesman Dan Landson. “We are now managing flight delays across our system, with a temporary ground stop in place for those flights that have not left the gate.”
“We are aware and investigating current issues with our systems,” the airline said on Twitter. “We will keep you posted as we have more information to share.”
Airline spokesman Brad Hawkins told reporters that the company’s systems were slowly coming back online, but added that it would take some time before normal operations could be resumed.
At many airports where Southwest operates, passengers were being checked in manually using paper tickets.
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