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Global computer glitch grounds Delta flights

Posted at 6:14 AM, Aug 08, 2016

The week is off to a bad start for Delta passengers.

The airline said early Monday that all departing flights have been delayed by a global computer system outage.

"Our systems are down everywhere," it tweeted in response to disgruntled customers.

Delta said the problem is a power outage at its Atlanta hub, starting at about 2:30 a.m. ET.

"Large-scale cancellations are expected today," Delta said.

Passengers on Twitter reported problems -- including the inability to check in or being stuck on the tarmac -- from airports around the world, including San Francisco, Rome and Athens.

"The airline provided passengers with little information," said New Yorker Carly Hayes, who was due to travel from Fiumicino Airport in Rome to New York's JFK, in an Instagram quote.

Jackie Watanabe, who was due to travel from Las Vegas to Minneapolis, tweeted that the airline was handing out blankets to passengers who wanted to get some sleep on the floor of the terminal there.

"I'm not ready to go into camping mode yet, but other passengers are," she said, tweeting a photo of sleeping passengers.

Delta advised customers to check the status of their flights while it tried to fix the problem.

Reports of delays on social media appeared to have begun around 3 a.m. ET.

Delta's problems come less than three weeks after Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights following a system outage.

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