A Southwest Airlines jet on a runway. Photo credit: Stephen M. Keller/Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines passengers in San Diego and at airports across the nation were dealing with extensive delays Wednesday caused by a computer failure that prompted a temporary halt to all flights.

According to the airline, Southwest “began experiencing intermittent performance issues earlier this afternoon with multiple technology systems as a result of an outage.”

As a result, the airline issued a “ground stop” for all flights that had not yet left the gate. Many passengers took to Twitter, complaining of extensive delays.

The ground stop was lifted around 1 p.m., but delays were expected to continue throughout the day as the airline worked to get flights back in the air.

“We apologize to our customers whose travel plans are impacted,” according to the airline. “We expect to continue our move toward a normal operation but believe it will take time.”

— City News Service

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