Delta Suspends All Outgoing Flights Due to Major System Outage

airplane-1480118-640x480Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) is having a case of the Mondays. The airline operator suspended all flights this morning due to a global computer problem.

The major system-wide outage has grounded all Delta flights around the globe. Flights currently in the air are operating as normal, but innumerable people are stranded in airports with no indication of how long their flights will be delayed.

We have word that Delta is restarting its system, but the company remains mum aside from telling travelers to check their flight status on Delta.com or via Delta’s mobile app. Speaking of Delta.com, the company’s website shows no indication of any problems. However, their Delta News Hub Twitter account does have a couple of messages:

Due to a computer outage, flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights enroute are operating normally.

— Delta News Hub (@DeltaNewsHub) August 8, 2016

And:

Customers should check the status of their flight before heading to the airport while the issue is being addressed.

— Delta News Hub (@DeltaNewsHub) August 8, 2016

Apparently the issue affects all of Delta’s computer systems, because customers reportedly cannot even check into the carrier at any airports around the world. One traveler noted that “Delta lines are backed up and not moving,” while another was offered a meager $5.00 foor and beverage voucher for his troubles.

Delta shares fell $0.67 (-1.78%) to $37.00 in premarket trading Monday. The stock has fallen more than 25% year-to-date, compared with a 7% gain in the benchmark S&P 500 index.

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