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September 28, 2017

Global airports hit by computer problems

Airports around the world suffered major technical problems Thursday that appeared connected to a temporary failure of a system for checking in passengers and luggage.

Paris, Zurich and Frankfurt airports said they had suffered problems with computer systems, but they had been quickly resolved.

Frankfurt airport confirmed in a tweet that Lufthansa and its partner airlines could not check in luggage during a 20 minute period.

Australian carrier Qantas also reported that it had suffered an outage of its passenger booking system.

"Amadeus -- a check in system for passengers -- went down and now has come back up. Check in was resumed quite quickly. Most of the flights in Australia had already left for the day as it is Thursday evening," said Qantas spokesman Stephen Moynihan.

Southwest Airlines said it experienced computer troubles at several U.S. airports. It said the problems had since been resolved and it did not expect any delays.

Amadeus operates software systems that underpin booking and other operations for airlines. A representative for Amadeus had no immediate comment.

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