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.
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.