This Week ‘IT Issues’ Ground Delta Airlines’ Flights

Delta Air Lines has been forced to cancel at least 150 flights, and expects to cancel even more. But “the IT department is working to rectify the situation as soon as possible,” they tweeted Sunday — more than four hours ago. Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes CNBC:
Delta Air Lines U.S. domestic flights were grounded on Sunday evening due to automation issues, according to an advisory from the Federal Aviation Administration… “Delta teams are expeditiously working to fix a systems outage that has resulted in departure delays for flights on the ground,” the airline said in the statement. “Flights in the air remain unaffected”. [And their international flights were unaffected.]

Delta also grounded 2,000 flights last summer after a computer outage caused by a power outage in Atlanta. At the time Reuters reported that “Airlines will likely suffer more disruptions… because major carriers have not invested enough to overhaul reservations systems based on technology dating to the 1960s.” And sure enough, just last week, another “IT issue” forced United Airlines to ground all their domestic flights.

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