Computer hiccup briefly suspends flights across country

Mark Abrams
March 26, 2019 - 12:18 pm
The severe weather is causing major headaches for travelers at Philadelphia International Airport. These travel snarls are having a ripple effect throughout the Northeast.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A nationwide breakdown of a computer check-in system used by American Airlines and other airlines caused a temporary suspension of flights late Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for American in Philadelphia reports a technical issue in the Sabre Passenger Check In system was to blame for delays here and across the country.

The spokesman says a 15- to 20-minute outage caused problems for people trying to board flights at Philadelphia International Airport, as well as other major airports in New York City, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Charlotte and elsewhere.

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The technical issue was fixed shortly after 11:30 a.m., and passengers were again being processed to board flights. The American spokesman says passengers should expect some residual delays.