Global airports crippled as check-in systems malfunction

Frustrated travellers are facing disruption at airports across the world today after airline computer check-in systems crashed, British media reported.

Amadeus, the Madrid-based booking manager, said it "experienced a network issue that caused disruption to some of our systems". Technical teams had identified the cause of the outage and restored services, the company said, adding that services were gradually being restored.

The extent of the outages varied by airline and airport.

Former VMware A/NZ managing director Paul Harapin was one of many affected, tweeting "massive queues in Hong Kong" airport due to the unavailbility of check-in systems at the Qantas desks.

Gatwick said it was aware of the problem but believed the system was "back up and running".

The software in question, Altea, is used by more than 100 airlines.

Airlines across the world delayed flights Thursday because of a "network issue" in a global flight-booking system.

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Travelers stateside complained of issues at Reagan International Airport outside of Washington D.C., along with those flying on Southwest Airlines.

"Amadeus regrets any inconvenience caused to customers".

A software glitch is behind a systems crash which has hit several airports worldwide.

A British Airways Airbus A320 just before landing at Heathrow.

"There's been failures before, small glitches", Macheras said.

Airports as far flung as London's Gatwick, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Melbourne and Baltimore Washington have all reported issues.

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