Delta grounds flights due to systems problems

Delta Airlines says it has grounded flights after experiencing unspecified systems issues. (Source: Delta Airlines/CNN)

LONDON (AP) – Delta Airlines says it is has grounded flights after experiencing unspecified systems issues.

Confirmation of the troubles Monday came in tweets to its customers. The airline declined to immediately comment.

A typical response to Delta’s customers complaining about their service was: “Our systems are down everywhere. Hopefully it won’t be much longer.”

Several applications were affected, including the company’s website.

Among those affected by the situation is Stephen Smith, 32, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has been stuck on the ground for about three hours at Tokyo’s Narita Airport on a flight that was supposed to go to Shanghai.

Smith took solace in the fact the air conditioning on the plane was working and said it seemed everyone on board was fine.

“Waiting game at this point,” he tweeted to The Associated Press.

Airline data company Flightaware said there were at least 858 cancellations and 7,359 delays across the global industry on Monday morning. It’s unclear how many are related to Delta’s problems and whether Delta’s groundings are reflected in the numbers.

Computer outages have caused major headaches for airlines and travelers before. Southwest Airlines was forced to cancel more than 2,000 flights across the U.S. last month after technology problems prevented many travelers from checking in or boarding flights.

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