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Delta grounded all of its US domestic flights because of a computer issue

Delta airplanes line up on the taxi way after Delta Air Lines' computer systems crashed on Monday, grounding flights around the globe, at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. August 8, 2016.
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  • David Yanofsky
By David Yanofsky

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This story has been updated with news of the advisory being lifted.

An IT issue temporarily forced Delta Air Lines to ground all of its domestic flights, impacting thousands of passengers scheduled to depart on more than 70 flights.

According to an FAA advisory, the airline reported an issue with its computers around 7:45pm ET and stopped all of the planes it operates at US airports from taking off to points in the contiguous 48 states.

About an hour later, that advisory was limited to three major airport hubs: John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The advisory was lifted at 9:15pm ET.

Delta had 68 flights scheduled to leave those three airports during the ground stop. Those flights could seat a total of 10,880 passengers, according to schedules compiled by PlaneStats, though rarely are planes entirely full.

The US airline industry has been hit by computer glitches like these before, with Delta experiencing an outage in January that forced it to cancel 280 flights.

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