The Federal Aviation Administration said the root of the problem was caused by the program provided by Scottsdale, Arizona-based AeroData Inc that helps airlines measure and manage weight and balance. Those flights were headed to New York, Houston, and Chicago. For affected airlines, the early disruption sent ripples through their flights Monday morning.
"It's affecting our flights system wide, and we're working to see if it's affecting any other carriers this morning as well", Southwest wrote in response to a beleaguered flier.
The issues affected Southwest, Delta, JetBlue, Alaska and United flights around the U.S.
"Scattered flight delays are expected and customers should check Southwest.com for the latest updates on specific flights", the Southwest spokesman said.
Southwest Airlines said the problem has already been resolved and the systems should soon be back up.
Multiple airlines are recovering from a computer glitch that left thousands of flights delayed and hundreds canceled across the US. The glitch affected a few of its regional carriers.
Delta said some of its flights were impacted.
Airlines were recommending that flyers check their flight status online or with the airport they would be traveling out of.
American Airlines said the technical issue was related to AeroData, a company that makes aircraft location technology. The airline said after the systems resumed that the flight would arrive at 8.05 a.m. The airline doesn't anticipate flight cancellations.
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