Computer issues temporarily ground Southwest Airlines flights Friday

Computer issues temporarily ground Southwest Airlines flights Friday
The company responded to numerous reports Friday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) (Source: Ted S. Warren)

(GRAY NEWS) - All Southwest Airlines flights were grounded Friday morning due to a computer issue, according to reports.

“We’re back up and running and we appreciate your patience this morning, Calvin,” the airline tweeted at a customer at 7:35 a.m.

The airline responded to a flurry of tweets from disgruntled customers complaining about their canceled flights and the computers being down.

Southwest responded at 6:40 a.m. Friday in a tweet to Jason Weinstock saying that the issue “has been resolved.”

At 7 a.m. Friday, the airline had nearly 53 delays and 287 canceled flights, according to Flightaware.com.

Southwest has yet to issue an official statement on the matter. The extent of the problem was not immediately known.

Travelers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport were especially affected by the grounded flights.

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