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Southwest Airlines Flights Grounded Due to Computer Glitch

Southwest Airlines had to ground 250 flights on Friday night because of a system-wide computer failure.  All flights were grounded for three hours, with a total of 57 flights being cancelled, and full service was re-established shortly after 2:00 am EDT Saturday morning.  However, after flights were moving again, the airline still experienced delays while they cleared the backlog of flights and repositioned both aircraft and crew.

By Saturday afternoon Southwest was operating normally again.  They are the third large airline to experience computer problems recently and they fared better than their two competitors, mainly because of the late time of day the computer problems occurred.  American airlines had to cancel 970 flights across the country when a computer problem surfaced for them in April.  United Airlines had two major computer outages last year, one in August that caused the delay of 580 flights and one in November that caused the delay of 636 flights.

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