6:55 a.m. ET UPDATE: A power outage in Atlanta, which began at approximately 2:30 a.m. ET, has impacted Delta computer systems and operations worldwide, resulting in flight delays. Large-scale cancellations are expected today. All flights enroute are operating normally. We are aware that flight status systems, including airport screens, are incorrectly showing flights on time. We apologize to customers who are affected by this issue, and our teams are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. Updates will be available on news.delta.com.
Update 1: 5:05 a.m. ET UPDATE: Delta has experienced a computer outage that has affected flights scheduled for this morning. Flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights enroute are operating normally. Delta is advising travelers to check the status of their flights this morning while the issue is being addressed.
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Due to a computer outage, flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights enroute are operating normally.
— Delta News Hub (@DeltaNewsHub) August 8, 2016
Delta Air Lines – the second largest airline in the world – is reporting that all flights have been suspended “due to a system outage nationwide.” Social media users have posted photos showing long lines of passengers waiting to check-in at airports. “Our systems are down everywhere. Hopefully it won’t be much longer,” Delta Air Lines said in response to a passenger’s tweet.
“Delta is advising travelers to check the status of their flights this morning while the issue is being addressed,” the Atlanta-based carrier said.
— Plane Finder (@planefinder) August 8, 2016
@Jessb6484 Hi there. I am really sorry for the inconvenience. Our systems are down everywhere. Hopefully it won’t be much longer. *SD
— Delta (@Delta) August 8, 2016
According to Twitter accounts, passengers are stuck at Heathrow Airport in London, Málaga Airport in Spain, Keflavík International Airport in Reykjavík, Iceland, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Rome Ciampino Airport.
— Camilla Rosenberg (@ca_mill_mill) August 8, 2016
Delays have also been reported at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport San Francisco International Airport and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida.
— Bobby Digital (@ghostdog310) August 8, 2016
“We’re currently experiencing system issues and working to resolve it asap,” Delta told another passenger on Twitter.
— Jake Chen (@MITJAKE) August 8, 2016
— Alfredo Acosta (@AlfredoT47) August 8, 2016
The failure reportedly caused problems with checking into and boarding Delta flights.
— Anthony Lam (@Antlam) August 8, 2016
U.S. carriers experienced a series of technical disruptions to flights late last year and early in 2016, including one at American Airlines that halted flights to three of its largest hubs in September and a reservations-system glitch at Southwest Airlines Co. in October. Southwest experienced a computer failure in July that prompted cancellations of more than 1,000 flights, though said it didn’t appear to be related to the October incident.
Delta Air Lines is the second-largest airline in the world, topped only by American Airlines. In 2015, it came in third for amount of passengers, with almost 140 million traveling on the airline. It was unclear if the system failure was related to a hacking attempt, especially one originating at the Kremlin.