AUSTIN (KXAN) — A computer outage worldwide has grounded Delta Airlines flights across the country. More than 20 Delta flights in and out of Austin have been delayed Monday afternoon and evening.
The airline was forced to cancel 450 flights worldwide due to what it’s calling a “loss of power” just before 2 a.m. Monday. The outage lasted for six hours but the problems that resulted from Delta’s computers being down could last days.
Thousands of passengers are experiencing delays due to the system-wide computer failure.
Some passengers are Tweeting out their experiences, saying it is taking as long as an hour and a half to check-in at the ticket counter.
“I called the number and they said it was still down. These kinds of things aren’t easily fixed, I fly a lot,” said Mike Baur, who decided to fly with Southwest after the wait was too long for Delta.
Paul Justice from Columbia, South Carolina joked about how computers were supposed to make our lives easier. “Then when it goes down and we have to rely on people again. It really slows things down,” he said.
Austin-Bergstrom International Aiport has advised travelers to check their flight status before heading to the airport. An employee at the Austin Delta ticket counter told KXAN they are using an older computer system which is able to check people in as usual.
Delta News Hub tweeted: “Due to a computer outage, flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights en route are operating normally.”
Just last month, Southwest Airlines flights were grounded after a computer failure. Hundreds of flights ended up canceled or delayed.