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It hasn’t been a good year for IT glitches in the airline industry. Southwest Airlines was the first carrier to experience network outages early this summer after an aging router kicked the bucket. Not to be outdone, Delta then doubled down and had its own meltdown (to the tune of $100 million), thanks in part to a small fire at its Atlanta headquarters.
Today, British Airways is up to bat. Though it’s still unclear what the exact issue is, passengers across the British network are currently reporting delays from the check in counter to the departure gate. According to Flight Aware, active flights out of Heathrow are experiencing delays averaging 29 minutes.
Whatever the cause, passengers are advised to arrive at the airport earlier than normal and give British Airways a bit of breathing room. It could be a long week for the airline.
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