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Southwest Airlines Flights Delayed by Technology Disruption

Southwest airlines planes on the tarmac at Chicago's Midway Airport in Chicago on Sepetmber 24, 2015. (Getty Images)

Sunday, 11 Oct 2015 04:46 PM

Southwest Airlines Co. delayed several hundred flights Sunday as a technology glitch affecting its reservations forced the airline to manually process travelers.

Customers were being asked to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled departure times, the Dallas-based airline said in a statement on its website. As of 2:30 p.m. New York time, the problem had yet to be resolved, spokeswoman Michelle Agnew said in a telephone interview. The issue has affected the airline’s website, mobile application, reservation centers and airport computers.

"We still have all our technology folks behind the scenes working on this," Agnew said.

As of noon, almost 250 flights had been delayed in departing, out of about 3,600 flights scheduled for Sunday, Southwest said. 

Travelers have suffered through computer-related delays on several airlines in past weeks. On Sept. 17, a computer failure at American Airlines halted flights to three of its largest U.S. hubs for almost two hours, slowing travel for thousands of passengers. United Airlines’ website stopped working for 2 1/2  hours on Sept. 8, forcing passengers to use mobile applications and airport kiosks to check in.

 

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