Technical glitch causes widespread flight delays in US

Software problems ground planes of Southwest American United Delta and Jet Blue

Software problems ground planes of Southwest American United Delta and Jet Blue

Lunsford said five airlines were affected - JetBlue, Southwest, United, Alaska and Delta, all of which fly out of Tampa International.

"[The issue is] affecting out flights system wide, and we're working to see if it's affecting any other carriers this morning as well", the airline said.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that several airlines are experiencing issues with a flight-planning programme called Aerodata. The glitch affected a few of American's regional carriers.

Travelers were frustrated Monday when their flights were delayed and they were stuck at airports across the country. United Airlines' outage occurred that limited the company's ability "to create release paperwork", according to a Tweet.

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Details of an aircraft's weight and how it's distributed on board is required before a flight can take off.

Delays initially began popping up in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Miami. Airlines say travelers should check their websites for the latest updates on flights. A technical outage is impacting major airlines and causing flight delays that may lead to a ripple effect throughout the day. SkyWest, a commuter airline affiliated with United and Delta Airlines, had over 200 flights delayed.

Last week, several airlines had reported issues with Sabre Corp's flight reservation and booking system due to which passengers had difficulty accessing flight check-in systems. The airline said after the systems resumed that the flight would arrive at 8.05 a.m.

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