Alaska Airlines Computer Glitch Delays Flights

An Alaska Airlines spokeswoman says the airline experienced a system-wide computer outage late Friday afternoon that temporarily delayed departing flights.

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by Associated Press

SEATTLE- An Alaska Airlines spokeswoman says the airline experienced a system-wide computer outage late Friday afternoon that temporarily delayed departing flights.

Spokeswoman Marianne Lindsey said the computer outage at 3:45 p.m. "shut down pretty much all of our passenger handling system," including check-in and the airline website.

The main computer system was down for 15 minutes and planes were held a while longer as various systems came back on line.

Lindsey says passengers who had boarded their flights were given the option to return and wait in the terminals.

She said flights were released for takeoff at 4:45 p.m. Flights in the air were not affected.

She did not immediately know how many flights or passengers were affected.

Alaska Airlines flies to 95 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.