Delta flights delayed, canceled due to system outage

Delta Airlines has delayed or canceled hundreds of flights after experiencing a major system outage. The airline company said "large-scale" cancelations are expected throughout the day.

Delta released an update around 7 a.m. explaining that a power outage in Atlanta, the airline's headquarters, impacted the operations systems worldwide.

"Delta has experienced a computer outage that has affected flights scheduled for this morning," the company tweeted to customers affected by delays. "Flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights enroute are operating normally. We appreciate your patience."

In addition to the delays, Delta said flight status boards across the country are incorrectly showing flights as "on time." Several applications were also affected, including the company's website.

Among those affected by the situation is Stephen Smith, 32, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has been stuck on the ground for about three hours at Tokyo's Narita Airport on a flight that was supposed to go to Shanghai.

Smith took solace in the fact the air conditioning on the plane was working and said it seemed everyone on board was fine.

"Waiting game at this point," he tweeted to The Associated Press.

Airline data company Flightaware said there were at least 858 cancellations and 7,359 delays across the global industry on Monday morning. It's unclear how many are related to Delta's problems and whether Delta's groundings are reflected in the numbers.

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