Day: June 16, 2021

Southwest Computer Outages Force Airline to Cancel, Delay Hundreds of Flights

Passengers check-in for a Southwest Airlines flight

Passengers check-in for a Southwest Airlines flight

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Flight cancellations and passenger frustration continued on Wednesday as Southwest Airlines continued to deal with the fallout from a computer outage on Tuesday, a day after the carrier experienced issues with a third-party weather data provider.

The issues started Monday after a problem with the weather data provider forced the airline to delay about 1,500 flights, The Associated Press reported. Then on Tuesday, the airline was forced to cancel hundreds more flights and delay more than 1,000 after a technology-related issue grounded planes.

At one point, the Federal Aviation Administration held all Southwest departures for about 45 minutes, an agency spokeswoman told the AP.

On Tuesday night, Southwest tweeted it was “in the process of resuming normal operations after a system issue this afternoon that created flight disruptions throughout our network.”

However, by Wednesday morning, a

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