AA flights grounded - computer glitch or hacking?

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  1. MilkyDischarge

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    Doesn't this make you nervous to fly, or have the airlines get hacked?

    American Airlines was forced to ground large parts of its fleet on Thursday night, after a computer malfunction led to a widespread outage.

    Flights from Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami were all halted while the company struggled to deal with the issue.

    The issue began around midday local time, and continued until mid-afternoon. The airline didn’t go into any more detail on what caused the malfunction, while the Federal Aviation Authority’s advisory only detailed it as “airline issues”.

    During the outage, an American Airlines spokesman told Time Magazine: “We have resolved connectivity issues that led to a ground stop today at our Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami hubs. We apologise for the inconvenience and are working to get our customers on their way as soon as possible.”

    The grounding is just the latest in a long string of US airlines forced to delay or cancel flights due to computer errors. In July, United Airlines was forced to ground thousands of flights across the US after what the airline described as a “network connectivity issue”. In June, United again was forced to ground flights due to “automation issues”.

    And in April, American Airlines delayed multiple flights after the iPad app used by pilots crashed. Introduced in 2013, the cockpit iPads are used as an “electronic flight bag”, replacing 16kg (35lb) of paper manuals which pilots are typically required to carry on flights. They distribute information such as flight plans throughout the airline’s fleet, but failed across the airline on 29 April.
     
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    ...just a few days ago american airlines flew a load of passengers to hawaii in a plane that didnt have the approval needed to do such a flight.
     
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    Day before This was on American and right by my gate they had 3 flights "delayed" by 4 fucking hours due to inoperable "lights"

    Then one of them blabbed it was a computer glitch
     
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    Hmmm? I hadn't heard of this ... :dontknow:
     
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    That's not good...
    Sounds like they sent a non-ETOPS plane. (Two engine plane that's allowed to go long distances over water due to a more stringent certification/maintenance program -- translation: since you don't have extra engines to get you to land should one fail, they make sure the only two on the plane are less likely to fail.)

    The computer issues are becoming more common due to the heavy reliance on the internet for everything. Not a big safety issue because they just stop dispatching aircraft until it gets fixed. It means they can't generate/distribute a flight plan so they just wait until they can. It is, however, a big deal money/PR-wise.
     
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    This stuff doesn't usually bother me, but this one's a little scary. That's A LOT of fucking water to cross in a plane that's not been approved to do it!
     
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    AA doesn't maintain ANY part of its infrastructure or their fleet.
    Take a flight on one of their regional carriers.
    The planes are filthy.
    The crew make it clear they do NOT want to be there.

    Mark my words, they will kill a plane load of passengers soon.

    My last flight with them was delayed because they couldn't get a navigation computer to boot.
    To add insult to injury, the gate agent did nothing but complain about her job.

    Complaining about the poor customer service gets you a form email.
    AA is the worst airline in on-time performance and customer satisfaction.
    Yes, they will be the next airline to have a fatal crash.

    They don't even bother with verifying aircraft certification now.
    That's a TRIPLE redundant system of forms that must be signed and they IGNORED IT.
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/13/politics/american-airlines-hawaii-airbus-a321s/
     
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    I had four flights last week, all of which were delayed at least an hour. One for five hours. One was cancelled. I can't remember the last time I had a flight leave on time.
     
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    American is the worst in On-time performance.
    They are now below 70%
     
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    WTF is wrong with AA? They used to be the flagship of the old legacy airlines. If I didn't have a load of AAmiles I would never fly them again. I m sure as hell not gonna fly to Hawaii. When I was a kid it was a big deal to go on an airplane. Now its like going on a greyhound bus.
     
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    It's American Airlines... isn't any fuckup by them always attributable to gross incompetence?
     
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    Now it does.
     
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    Under Robert Crandall, they were a well run company in terms of customer service and their on-time performance.
    He gave the industry its first frequent flyer program.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Crandall

    Deregulation was bad for the industry as it created a race for the bottom.
    Without question, people are dead because of it.
     
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    Don't worry, there's still a backup flight bag in the cockpit just in case (as I believe there always has been, even before the iPad.)
     
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