CHICAGO - APRIL 03: A Southwest Airlines jet takes off at Midway Airport April 3, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Officials from Southwest and other airlines will testify at a safety hearing on Capitol Hill today following recent cancellations of flights by Southwest, United, American and Delta airlines as jets were taken out of service for safety inspections. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Photo: Scott Olson
Photo: Scott Olson

Southwest Airlines experiencing delays caused by technical issues

Southwest Airlines is dealing with a technical issue that has prevented passengers from checking in to their flights and has led to a ground stop at some airports.

The company issued a statement saying intermittent performance issues started earlier this afternoon with multiple technology systems as a result of an outage.

“We are now managing flight delays across our system, with a temporary ground stop in place for those flights that have not left the gate,” the statement said in part.

Southwest Airlines apologized to its customers and said a team of experts are working to fix the technical issues.

Updates will be posted on the company website at and on company social media accounts.