FAA: Southwest Airlines Flights Nationwide Delayed by Technical Issues

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 airplane Los Angeles International Airport

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Hundreds of Southwest Airlines flights were affected nationwide Tuesday morning by "technical issues," which were resolved, authorities said.

"This morning @SouthwestAir experienced a technical issue with one of their internal systems," The Federal Aviation Administration said in a tweet about 8 a.m. Tuesday. "At the airline's request, the FAA paused Southwest's departures as they resolved the issue. The pause has been lifted and their service has resumed."

According to broadcast reports, more than 1,200 flights nationwide were affected, including in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

In a statement that was obtained by ABC7, Southwest said flights were paused "to work through data connection issues resulting from a firewall failure."

"Early this morning, a vendor-supplied firewall went down and connection to some operational data was unexpectedly lost," the Southwest statement said. ``Southwest Teams worked quickly to minimize flight disruptions."

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