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Air passengers were left waiting in line at check-in desks on Thursday morning when a widespread system failure slammed airports around the world.
A glitch broke the Amadeus Altea system used in 125 different airports. Problems were reported at major hubs in London; Melbourne, Australia; Hong Kong; Johannesburg; Changi, Singapore; Washington, D.C.; and Zurich. British Airways, Qantas, Lufthansa, and Southwest are a few of the major airlines that use Amadeus’ product.
Airports now claim the issue has been resolved, but not before some passengers were forced to wait in line for nearly two hours.
Looks like @lufthansa’s computer system is down. Hope I can still get home today. 😟— kvb (@heykvb) September 28, 2017
@Qantas what is the issue at Hong Kong airport. Is it affecting all your systems. Or just HK— Adam Causer (@adajim75) September 28, 2017
'System wide outage' on PA at #Qantas bris domestic terminal w 'boarding system down' on all flights. My flight then boarded but no updates— Laura Gartry (@LGartry) September 28, 2017
“A small number of airlines are experiencing problems across the world and we’re working closely with them to solve the issue,” said a spokesperson at London’s Heathrow Airport. The departure boards at Heathrow reportedly showed flights delayed between half an hour and an hour, according to the Daily Mail.
Gatwick Airport, south of London, said it experienced a “momentary IT glitch” that only lasted 15 minutes and didn’t cause flight delays.
A spokesperson for Amadeus said: “During the morning, we experienced a network issue that caused disruption to some of our systems. Amadeus technical teams took immediate action to identify the cause of the issue and restore services as quickly as possible. That action is ongoing with services gradually being restored. Amadeus regrets any inconvenience caused to customers.”
While things appear to have returned to normal, this latest technical glitch shows just how reliant critical services are on linking to a stable and safe network—and what can happen when that fragile connection fails.
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.