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Southwest Airlines grounds flights after computer glitch

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DALLAS (WKOW) -- A spokesman for Southwest Airlines says a system-wide computer problem forced them to ground its entire fleet preparing for late-night departures.

As of 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, officials say service is back up and running. 

The system-wide computer problem affected the airline's ability to do such things as conduct check-in, print boarding passes and monitor the weight of the aircraft. Flights in the air were unaffected.

The glitch started about 10:00 p.m. on Friday. About 250 flights were grounded because of the glitch. 

The Dallas-based airline conducts on average 3,400 flights a day.

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