Southwest Airlines issued a nationwide ground stop Friday morning, allegedly following a technical problem with its computer systems.
Passengers began reporting delayed flights as early as 5:30 (EST) via Twitter. The airline also responded to many travelers via the social media platform, apologizing for the "inconvenience" and assured the customers the technical team was working on to solve the problem.
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Shortly after 6: At 30 o'clock, Southwest had told a passenger that the problem was "resolved." Shortly afterwards, a Southwest Airlines representative told Fox News that "aircraft technology systems are operating normally, and aircraft are boarding and departing."
The cause of the technical problem was not immediately available.
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Southwest's ground stop comes among the carrier's ongoing cancellations due to maintenance-related issues. The airline had also issued an operational emergency beginning last week due to an "unusual number of grounded flights," following the Dallas Morning News.
The airline also apparently owed some "work disturbances" to its mechanics association.
"[The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association] has a history of work disorder," said Southwest, in a statement taken by Fox 4. "Southwest has two pending lawsuits against the Union. We will investigate this current disruption and investigate all possible remedies."
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Meanwhile, the association has responded to Southwest accusations by saying: "For Southwest's management to link the airline's self-declared operational emergency" to collective bargaining is just an attempt to divert attention away from the airline's security issues. "