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System outage grounds Delta flights across the world

The computers have been down since 2:30am ET.


Michelle Jaworski


Delta flights worldwide have been grounded after a power outage took down Delta’s entire system, causing departing delays all over the world.

The airline confirmed the system outage on its website and advised passengers with scheduled departures to check the status of their flights.

“A power outage in Atlanta, which began at approximately 2:30 a.m. ET, has impacted Delta computer systems and operations worldwide, resulting in flight delays,” a statement on Delta’s website read. “Large-scale cancellations are expected today. All flights enroute are operating normally. We are aware that flight status systems, including airport screens, are incorrectly showing flights on time. We apologize to customers who are affected by this issue, and our teams are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.”

While some reports indicate that things are returning to normal, Delta says that airport screens showing flights leaving on time are inaccurate.

Meanwhile, Delta passengers are documenting their frustrations and the scope of delays the system outage has caused online while they’re stuck waiting at airports.

Due to the large-scale system outage, Delta is offering passengers impacted with “canceled or significantly delayed” flights from Aug. 8-12 a refund or a change to their tickets.

Update 8:10am CT, Aug. 8: Delta says it has resumed “limited departures” following the outage.

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