Alaska Airlines recovering from computer glitch

Alaska Airlines recovering from computer glitch that disrupted flights system-wide

Associated Press
2 Sprint fiber optic cuts grounded Alaska Airlines
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Jim McBarron, manager of station perations for Alaska Airlines, uses a bullhorn to try and find passengers for a flight that was about to take off for San Diego, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, during a system-wide outage of the computers the airline uses to check in passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Most flights were delayed or canceled, but the airline was able to manually check in passengers for a few of its flights. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines says its computer connections have been restored, and operations are returning to normal at its airport gates.

The Seattle-based airline says passengers can still expect some delays as the system adjusts.

The problem started just before 8 a.m. Monday when the airline lost its connection to the Sabre reservation system because of two cut Sprint fiber optic lines.

Passenger lines grew at Sea-Tac in Seattle and other airports as the airline was unable to put passengers on planes, except by handwritten paperwork.

The airline says the data connection was restored before 1 p.m.

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