A fault with ground operation computer systems has resulted in delays to at least two dozen flights with US airline Delta.
Th glitch comes as more and more airlines integrate computer technology into their day-to-day operations.
Delta Air Lines confirmed that two dozen flights on Tuesday were delayed as a result of a brief outage in its software that controls ground operations.
“A brief functionality outage in Delta software that powers ground operations resulted in approximately two dozen short boarding delays in the noon hour Eastern time Tuesday,” a Delta representative told CNBC.
“Delta does not expect any further delays due to this minor issue,” the airline reported said. “At no time were any flights en route adversely affected.”
Yet this is not the first time that computer problems have delayed or cancelled flights. These technical disruptions come as airlines increasingly utilise technology in their day-today operations, including the automation of tasks usually carried out by staff (e-tickets, e-boarding passes) and Wi-Fi onboard the aircraft.
It is concerned because avionic systems that have traditionally been self-contained are now sharing the same network as passenger Wi-Fi, raising the possibility of remote unauthorised access.
Also last year, Delta had its social media outlets targeted by hackers, who posted an article about oral sex on its official Facebook page.
The airline took an hour to remove the offensive content, despite many of the company’s 1.5 million Facebook followers being quick to point out the problem.
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