Why Delta's outage caused such widespread headaches

August 10, 2016 9:50 PM

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Monday’s system-wide computer outage at Delta Air Lines continues to disrupt travel, with the cancellation of more than 2,100 flights and the delay of many more since the snafu began. Hundreds of thousands of passengers were stranded around the globe as the ripples spread out from Delta’s Atlanta headquarters.

The air carrier initially blamed the computer shutdown on a power outage by the Atlanta utility company but later said it was the result of an internal outage followed by the failure of a backup system to take over when the main computer system failed.

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