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Southwest temporarily grounds all flights due to 'system issue'

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Southwest Airlines is still having some issues on Tuesday following a nationwide data issue that grounded several planes on Monday. The FAA issued a temporary nationwide ground stop at the request of Southwest Airlines while the company resolved a reservation computer issue.

Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier at Lambert St. Louis International Airport with a large percentage of passengers here connecting through on flights.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, most Southwest flights in and out of St. Louis were delayed or canceled.

Dallas Love Field, the hometown hub of Southwest Airlines, reported "longer lines this afternoon, especially at check-in" due to unknown issues.

Southwest said on social media it was aware of the problem and working quickly to resolve the issue.

Southwest Air responded to KRLD's request for further statements on the matter with the following: Southwest is in the process of resuming normal operations after a brief pause in our flight activity resulting from intermittent performance issues with our network connectivity Tuesday afternoon. Our Teams are working quickly to minimize flight disruptions and Customer impact. We appreciate our Customers’ patience as we work to get them to their destinations. We ask that travelers use to check flight status or consult a Southwest Airlines Customer Service Agent at the airport for assistance with travel needs.

The Dallas airport reminded travelers to plan to arrive at least 90 minutes ahead of your flight. "Confirm your flight's status with your airline." said a tweet from the airport.

According to reports, performance issues with a third-party weather data provider grounded several Southwest, Alaskan Air, and Delta aircraft on Monday delaying travel plans across the country.

Issues are popping up at other airports in Texas as well. Houston Airport System confirms Southwest planes are not moving at Hobby and the airline has canceled at least 15 departures as of Tuesday afternoon.

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