Southwest, Delta and Three Other Airlines Experience Systemwide Outages and Delays

Multiple airlines were experiencing outages this morning

USA airlines were hit on Monday by system-wide computer outages related to problems with the Aerodata planning weight and balance program, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

An official with Delta Air Lines had apologized to a passenger stuck at Raleigh-Durham International Airport early Monday, tweeting that "we are now experiencing a System-Wide Outage we are working diligently to get it back up and running".

There was an outage with a vendor that gives flight planning data to several carriers, Southwest Airlines told AP.

With this in mind, it is easy to see how the countless flight delay and cancellation issues faced by several major US airlines were a result of malfunctions or outages within Aerodata's flight planning weight and balance program.

Just one of the morning flights at Augusta Regional Airport seems to have been affected. For affected airlines, the early disruption sent ripples through their flights Monday morning. Essentially, AeroData provides weight and balance data than allows clearance for takeoff. A number of delays have also been reported at Minneapolis-St.

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Southwest Airlines said it issued an internal ground stop that lasted about 40 minutes. That issue similarly caused widespread flight delays for airline passengers across the U.S. last Tuesday.

Delta said in a statement that some of its connecting flights were impacted. The delay today related to Aerodata's inability to allow airlines to make or release paperwork for flights.

Travelers should check directly with their airlines about the status of their flights.

When flights are delayed or canceled, airlines face immediate customer backlash even when the issue is not immediately theirs to own.

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