Southwest Issues Brief Ground Stop Over Computer Issue

For countries in the Southern Hemisphere (such as Australia, pictured above), summer stretches from December through February.
Rated the best island in the United States in our most recent Readers' Choice Awards survey, Hilton Head Island—40 miles from Savannah/Hilton Head Airport—is a firm family favorite, with a full 12 miles of wide, empty beach (perfect for long bike rides). Coligny Beach is a full-service place, with food and activities for both adults and kids; mid-island Driessen Beach—also known as Bradley Beach—is quieter, but still has a boardwalk, playground, and grills for al fresco picnics.
Where to Stay: The Inn & Club at Harbour Town ranked the highest of the island's many properties in our Readers' Choice Awards survey. Palm tree-lined gardens give way to this modern-looking country club-hotel hybrid, where marina-chic guests kitted out in their best golf attire hit each of the three on-site courses. Take advantage of the complimentary bubbly at check-in, along with the shoe-shining and pant-pressing services.
Southwest Airplane: PHOTO: Southwest airplane. (photo via Southwest)

Southwest Airlines passengers were met with unexpected headaches after arriving at the airport on Friday morning after a computer issue prompted the low-cost carrier to issue a nationwide ground stop.

According to Fox News, passengers began complaining of delays as early as 5:30 a.m. ET.

“We’re truly sorry for the delays this morning. Our Network Operations Control Team is aware of the issue and are working diligently to get you on your way as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience while we work through this,” the airline said in a response to one customer on Twitter.

We’re truly sorry for the delays this morning. Our Network Operations Control Team is aware of the issue and are working diligently to get you on your way as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience while we work through this. -Rocky

We’re looking to have you on your way shortly, and have begun boarding flights across the nation. It shouldn’t be much longer now, but I would check with your Gate Agents for more information. -Rocky

Southwest confirmed that the issue was resolved a little after 6:30 a.m. ET, telling Fox News that “airport technology systems are performing normally and flights are boarding and departing.”

According to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com, more than 500 Southwest flights have been delayed Friday, which amounts to 13 percent of the airline’s total schedule. Another 70 flights have been canceled as of 9 a.m. ET.

Friday’s brief ground stop is the latest hiccup in what’s been a month to forget for Southwest. The airline has already had to cancel some flights due to maintenance issues and recently declared an “operational emergency” due to an increase in out-of-service aircraft.

Source: Read Full Article