The Wall Street Journal: Delta outage highlights reliance on outdated technology

A power outage at Delta Air Lines Inc. wreaked havoc on its reservations system, the latest in a long line of computer problems that have plagued the nation’s carriers.

The outage canceled hundreds of flights and snarled Delta’s efforts to alert passengers of the problems via its apps and on airline flight-information displays.

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An electric problem at its Atlanta headquarters occurred at 2:30 a.m. ET and the airline was forced at hold hundreds of departing planes on the ground starting at 5 a.m., according to Ed Bastian, the chief executive, who apologized on a video to customers.

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