Delta struggles to take flight after global system outage

Delta Airlines

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – What a way to start off a new week! The friendly skies were not so nice to thousands of Delta passengers across the globe on Monday as a computer outage grounded flights and left many people at Tampa International Airport scrambling to re-arrange travel plans like Lori Mignami, who was on her way to Salt Lake City.

“I have a half hour layover in Atlanta, so it appears I won’t be making the next flight,” said Mignami.

According to the airline, the outage only lasted for about 6 hours on Monday morning, but it affected everything from check-in computers to the airline’s smartphone app, forcing the cancellation of more than 450 flights, including some out of Tampa.

“I mean, it is what it is. There’s nothing i can do about it,” said Robert Hodges, traveling home to South Carolina after visiting family in Florida.

On it’s website, the airline is blaming it all on a power outage in Atlanta which impacted computer systems and operations worldwide.


The disaster wasn’t all that bad for some flyers though.

What could have been a red eye disaster turned into a great afternoon for Briege Keenan, flying back to San Diego after spending the weekend with her boyfriend in Florida.

“My original flight was 12:45 p.m. and I changed my flight at the kiosk and it was scheduled for like 7:00 p.m. and this lady took me aside and gave me a flight at 4:30 i’m getting into San Diego at 9:15 p.m. instead of midnight, which is awesome,” said Keenan.

Here are the links to four Tampa Bay and Orlando area airport websites to check for flight delays.

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