Southwest Airlines computer outage grounds fleet nationwide

FILE- In this April 23, 2015, file photo, a Southwest airlines jet takes off from a runway at Love Field in Dallas. Southwest Airlines is asking travelers on Sunday, Oct. 11, to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled departures as technical issues are forcing it to check-in some customers manually. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

CHICAGO (CBS NEWS) — Due to a widespread computer outage, Southwest Airlines is experiencing massive delays, and almost all flights out of its Chicago hub are grounded, CBS Chicago reported.

Van Cleave reported that the FAA said that the airline issued a nationwide ground stop for all departing flights. The ground stop has been lifted and flights are beginning to move again.

CBS Chicago is being told that automated check-in and baggage systems are down and passengers are being checked in by hand on paper tickets.

Southwest said on Twitter they are aware and investigating the current issues with their systems.

We are aware and investigating current issues with our systems. We will keep you posted as we have more information to share.

If you are seeing this image on the site you are in our waiting room. Don’t refresh; we are working hard on a fix.pic.twitter.com/B1IDrDR2aC

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A spokesman at Baltimore-Washington International Airport tells CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave, “They are not operating anything right now,” adding that Southwest only recently halted flights out of their busy east coast hub airport due to the “system-wide” computer outage.

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Stranded passengers at the New Orleans Airport after a Southwest Airlines computer outage caused massive delays.

PETER KING/CBS NEWS

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