A spokesman for Southwest Airlines said all departing flights Friday night were grounded due to a systemwide computer problem.
Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins told The Bee that about 250 flights, mostly along the West Coast, were affected out of the company's 3,400 flights on Friday. He added that the company would be "unwinding" the delays using a backup computer system, which included 23 flights into and out of Sacramento International Airport.
At 11 p.m., several of the flights had taken off and at least one was canceled, according to FlightStats.com. Passengers and those expecting passengers can check flight statuses by visiting http://www.southwest.com/flight/flight-status-select.html or by calling the airline at (800) 435-9792.
Aircraft in the air were unaffected. The problem affected the airline's ability to do such things as conduct check-in, print boarding passes and check aircraft weight.
- Associated Press, Bee staff