Southwest Airlines probably fired a few IT guys over the last 48 hours...
The Dallas based carrier had two system outages...one on the evening of June 14th (Monday) and then again on Tuesday afternoon (the 15th).
The result: Southwest's entire fleet was grounded as they scrambled to bring up their network, their computers (and their playstations...)
Passengers were none too happy:
Hey @SouthwestAir will you be compensating your passengers from today’s nationwide technical issues which has grounded your ENTIRE fleet? My parents are trying to get back home after attending a family funeral. #southwest #southwestairlines— Jillian Mireles (@godJilla) June 15, 2021
You get the idea...
The First Outage Was Due to a Third-Party Weather Data Provider
Southwest said its first outage came Monday night due to a weather data provider that went down. The airline said the weather info is required to 'safely operate the aircraft'.
The Second Outage Came Early Tuesday Afternoon Due To...?
Southwest has yet to say. Related? I would think they would readily say it was the weather glitch again.
Maybe more serious?
The Cyberattack Conspiracy Theorists Had Their Say, Of Course...
'Foreign Cyber Attack on Southwest Airlines? FAA grounded all WN flights in the United States'
But Here's the Thing: Maybe They're Right?
It's hardly a stretch anymore to think that's a distinct possibility...
'Southwest Airlines having "computer malfunctions" This is following complications with pipelines and meat packaging facilities.
I'm too close to draining my savings, buying more firearms and bug-out supplies. Mark my words financial cyber attack will happen before end of summer.'
Flight got canceled again. My best guess is Southwest is dealing with a cyber attack. Someone with more contacts go do your research but the writing is on the wall after the last 16 hours— Jake Olson (@JakeOlson61) June 15, 2021
At one point I was saving some $$ for a prepper van.
Maybe I could redeem my FF miles for a pickup, a gas stove and a guitar...and head for the hills...
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