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Southwest resumes takeoffs after computer glitch

4:06 AM, Jun 22, 2013   |    comments
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DALLAS (AP) - A spokesman for Southwest Airlines says planes are taking off again after a computer glitch grounded an estimated 250 flights.
    
Brad Hawkins tells The Associated Press that service resumed early Saturday, albeit far slower than usual because of lingering computer problems. 

A spokeswoman says Southwest Airlines has cancelled at least 64 flights because of the computer glitch.
    
Michelle Agnew says 50 of the cancellations were flights scheduled for late Friday night in the western half of the country. The other 14 were Saturday morning flights scattered across the U.S. because crews were not able to get to airports in time to make the scheduled takeoffs.

The system-wide computer problem affected the airline's ability to do such things as conduct check-in, print boarding passes and monitor the weight of the aircraft. Flights in the air were unaffected.
    
Hawkins says around 250 flights were grounded, some when they were on the taxiway preparing for takeoff. Most of the disrupted flights were out of West Coast airports.
    
The Dallas-based airline conducts on average 3,400 flights a day.


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