Last updated: 04:45 PM ET, Fri November 11 2016

Sabre Computer Glitch Causes Multiple Reported Airline Delays

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | November 11, 2016

Sabre Computer Glitch Causes Multiple Reported Airline Delays

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On Friday, the Sabre reservation computer booking system used by the airline and hospitality industries suffered a glitch and caused several airports and airlines to report delays.

According to CNN Money, the Sabre booking system went down at around noon eastern time Friday and were down for about an hour before the company announced on Twitter that all systems were back online:

While it was unclear how widespread the computer booking system glitch was, major airports in the United States such as John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Long Beach Airport in California reported issues related to the Sabre malfunction.

The Sabre computer system was originally introduced in 1964 by American Airlines and IBM, and is primarily used by airlines, hotels and travel agents to keep the sale of tickets and rooms organized.

This is just the latest case of Sabre computer systems causing delays for air travelers, as major airlines including Southwest, Virgin America and JetBlue dealt with issues in October due to a program malfunction.

In September, a worldwide computer glitch in the check-in systems for British Airways also caused massive delays and cancellations for travelers.

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