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American Airlines grounds all flights

Started by Phil Bunch, Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:06

Phil Bunch

I can't make *any* sense out of this news story, also repeated on US TV news channels.  Exactly what "computer problems" could possibly cause a full system shutdown without the ability to restart?  

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-16/american-airlines-u-s-flights-grounded-by-computer-malfunction.html

Is it even remotely credible that they would have suddenly lost the handle on their computer systems?  I can't help but wonder if this isn't related somehow to the recent Boston Marathon attack.
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EDIT:  A similar story is on the CNN site.  Yet American doesn't seem to have any information about this on its own web site.  Doesn't add up to me...

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/16/travel/american-airlines-delay/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

ANOTHER EDIT:  A few more details were made available at the link below.  I personally speculate that there may have been some sort of sabotage here.  I can't imagine that they don't have hot running spare/backup computer systems available for the core of their business systems.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2013/04/16/american-airlines-reservation-system-glitch-causing-a-few-delays/2087931/
Best wishes,

Phil Bunch

Phil Bunch

A little additional info is here:

http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/512701-cnn-reports-aa-has-system-wide-stand-down-till-5pm-est.html

I'm surprised that there seems to be so little authoritative information being presented by anyone, including most of all the airline.  Maybe the airline doesn't know what is happening or what to do next - that's what it feels like.  

I have wondered how long it would take to reach the day when the computers go completely mad and no one knows how to restart them or keep them running!!  (insert faint grins here)
Best wishes,

Phil Bunch

Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers

... need to fly back from Tucson tomorrow ... with AA ... via Dallas ... argh.

Phil Bunch

The Wall Street Journal has an article with more details than most stories.  It seems that it's not behind their paywall:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324030704578426960019111402.html#printMode
Best wishes,

Phil Bunch