System foul-up leaves Sacramento International travelers bagless, delayed

An electrical outage stopped a baggage system in Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport on Tuesday morning, causing some flights to be delayed and others to leave without some luggage aboard.

The outage affected Alaska and Southwest airlines flights leaving between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday. An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle left 20 minutes late and a Southwest flight to Denver left 30 minutes late.

Some flights left Sacramento International without bags being loaded. Passengers who left without their bags stowed will have to wait at their destination for the next flight from Sacramento to arrive to retrieve their luggage or have their bags delivered to them.

The outage stemmed from a planned “systems maintenance outage at midnight,” said Laurie Slothower, county airport spokeswoman. The maintenance is necessary to examine the power system.

“However, when the power came back on, it impacted the baggage handling control operating system and it took several hours for it to be reset correctly,” Slothower said. “It most impacted flights leaving between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. We are looking into how this happened and how to make sure it does not happen again.”

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.