Computer glitch grounds hundreds of Southwest flights

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Southwest Airlines flights were cancelled or delayed Friady night after a system-wide computer failure grounded the company's traffic.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports up to 250 flights were affected nationwide.

Flights to the western part of the country were hit the hardest and traffic was slowly getting back to normal, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Despite the technical problem and fierce summer storm that clocked winds at 60 mph at the airport, officials at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport sent a Twitter message Saturday morning indicating all is well, but advised travelers to call ahead and confirm flights.

Next Up

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.

Minnesota_Welcome_Sign_-_Minnesota_Welcomes_You_-_Taylors_Falls_(28269804891)

Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.

Texa-Tonka

Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

vote, election

Minnesota once again had the highest election turnout in the country

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a record percentage of voters also sent in absentee ballots.

court gavel

Minneapolis man sentenced to 30 years for death in robbery gone wrong

James Moore was sentenced in the death of Malik Smith.

Em1jOWyWEAwspXK (1)

St. Paul homicide suspect arrested by FBI in Chicago

A 34-year-old Minneapolis man was killed in the Nov. 14 shooting.

Sanford Health

Sanford Health 'parts ways' with CEO after his face mask comments

Kelby Krabbenhoft had been with the company since 1996.

Related

A glitch briefly grounded Delta flights at MSP Airport on Tuesday

It took at an hour for Delta to resolve, allowing flights to resume.

Boeing 737 MAX 8

FAA grounds all Boeing 737 MAX flights in response to crash

A St. Cloud resident was among the 157 killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Delta: Computer glitch overcharged frequent fliers

WCCO first reported the discrepancies after two business executives booking the same Delta Air Lines flight side-by-side were given two different prices. USA Today reports the Atlanta-based airline has acknowledged the issue and says they will offer refunds on a case-by-case basis. The carrier didn't know how many customers were affected.

Fake airline Instagram accounts promise thousands of free flights

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Jetblue and United Airlines are not giving away free trips to Instagram followers, a free photo-sharing program and social network. CNET reports someone is setting up fake accounts promising free flights, but it's unclear why. More than 21,000 subscribers are following Delta's fake account.

Southwest to introduce MSP-Kansas City flights

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines will begin flying between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Kansas City. The new non-stop flights will start Feb. 14.