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Some Boise Delta flights delayed due to global system outage

Posted at 8:29 AM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 10:29:29-04

Delta Air Lines says limited flights have begun several hours after a computer outage grounded its flights across the nation and around the world -- stranding thousands of passengers.

The Atlanta airline said Monday morning that delays and cancelations are ongoing.

The airline says that a power outage at a facility in Atlanta at around 2:30 a.m. Eastern time started the “cascading meltdown.”

The airline says that a power outage at a facility in Atlanta at around 2:30 a.m. Eastern time Monday started the “cascading meltdown.”

Flights that were already in the air when the outage struck continued, but many flights remained grounded. Over the next several hours, only a handful of flights took off instead of the usual hundreds, according to flight-tracking services.

A number of Delta flights were delayed at the Boise Airport. “We’re seeing flights to Minneapolis and Salt Lake City delayed,” said Boise Airport spokesman Sean Briggs.

Officials say they could possibly see more delays throughout the day if the “ripple effect” continues.

“We’re encouraging (Delta) passengers to call the airline ahead of time or check on-line for any delays,” Briggs said. “And as always, we encourage travelers to arrive at the Boise Airport at least two hours before their flight is scheduled to leave.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)