Breaking: Delta Airlines has grounded all flights

The company as tweeted that its computer systems are down “everywhere” and it has grounded flights that are due for takeoff. Planes in the air are unaffected.

 

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UPDATE: Vastly unhelpful advice from Delta: Customers should check the status of their flight before heading to the airport while the issue is being addressed.

2nd UPDATE: Flights resumed shortly before noon, New York time.

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  • According to CNN’s aviation expert Mary Schiavo, this has to be more than a simple computer systems failure. All airline computer systems have back-up generators. Whatever the reason, it’s going to take several days to clear the backlog of flights.

  • Maybe some day airlines and banks will learn the lesson. They should stop depending solely on computers. To depend solely on computers without having a Plan B is real nuts.

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