All American Airlines Flights Grounded

Tyler Durden's picture

For those flying in the northeast today, especially in and out of Boston, it is just not their day (all the more so if there are terroristy-looking, Arab-speaking passengers nearby). The day just got much worse for those flying American Airlines. Via BBG:

  • FAA SAYS ALL AMERICAN FLIGHTS GROUNDED AT AIRLINE'S REQUEST
  • FAA SAYS AMERICAN GROUNDINGS DUE TO AIRLINE COMPUTER PROBLEMS
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES SAYS SABRE RESERVATION SYSTEM OFFLINE
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES REPORTS RESERVATION SYSTEM OUTAGE ON TWITTER
  • SABRE SAYS THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS WITH AIRLINE BOOKING SYSTEM
  • FLIGHTS MAY RESUME AT 5PM EASTERN

Must be the evil Chinese hackers' fault again, and it is about time the government stepped in and regulated the entire Internet, preferably with a kill switch to get rid of all the pesky, fringe elements.

Update from American:

UPDATE as of 3:30pm CDT: Our systems have been fully restored, however we expect continued flight delays and cancellations throughout the remainder of the day. We have made several options available to our customers:

 

If customers must travel today and are already at the airport, they can rebook on another airline by visiting an American Airlines agent or by going to the other airline’s ticket counter with their electronic ticket number.

 

If customers must travel today and are not yet at the airport, they can rebook through American Airlines reservations or through another carrier and American will honor the fare difference.

 

If a customer chooses not to travel today, there will be no charge for reservation changes or a full refund will be provided.

 

It is important to note we see no evidence that today’s technical outage is related to the tragic events in Boston.

 

We will continue to provide more information throughout the day as we make progress in resolving this issue. We apologize to our customers and our people for this inconvenience

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JR's picture

And already the dutiful AP and FBI are making use of it by targeting their favorite enemies du jour, saying that "similar pressure-cooker explosives have been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a July 2010 intelligence report by the FBI and Homeland Security."

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Gotdam terrist pressure cookers!

NotApplicable's picture

Do you have any idea how much one normally has to pay for such a service?

Whoever said that government fails to provide value has obviously never had someone's hand up their ass.

Trampy's picture

i'll bite

just "how much one normally has to pay for such a service?"

and could you describe what you mean by "normally" ?

enquiring minds want to know

rustymason's picture

Everyone else has their own countries, I want mine back. I want my 95% white, bankster-free, relatively-crime, -drug, and -divorce-free country restored.

Poetic injustice's picture

You will not get it back just politely asking, you know?

gwar5's picture

North Dakota. Nothing but peace and quiet October - March!

syntaxterror's picture

Certainly this is a buy signal to increase holdings in that fine airline, right?

foodstampbarry's picture

The United States of Hype

TalkToLind's picture

ARNK this American Airlines.

ConfederateH's picture

How much do you want to bet that AA had a big outsourcing/offshoring initiative in the last several years?  Calling Wipro in Infosys:  Where's my booking?

Meat Hammer's picture

Sabre is a booking system for multiple airlines.  If it were down you'd hear about more than just AA.

optimator's picture

Really just waiting till the gas price goes down more.

gwar5's picture

So is this a ruse, and they are really looking for a suspect trying to board a plane, like the Pakistani Times Sq bomber, or what? 

 

See, now I'm confused, because I thought all rightwing white Christian males had AR-15s and drove pick-up trucks. How's he expect to get through the airport with an AR-15 stuffed in his cammo pants?

 

Bicycle Repairman's picture

American Airlines still flies?  Why?

optimator's picture

When all the mergers are done and we have one airline I hope it doesn't abreviate to

AEROFLOT.

Curtis LeMay's picture

Must be the evil Chinese hackers

 

Nah, it might be the disciples of Dzerzhinsky Square, however...

Cacete de Ouro's picture

It would be in everybody's interest if American Airlines stayed grounded. From nasty old cabin staff, to the executives who complied with FAA/FBI threats to bury the truth about 9/11, it's really better if they stay on the tarmac forever....

JR's picture

the suspicion of the motives of the folks in offices of authority grows daily...

Official Story Unraveling for Boston Marathon Bombing; Clear Evidence Points to Bomb Squad’s Prior Knowledge

By Mike Adams

Global Research, April 16, 2013

NaturalNews

It’s now becoming clear that members of the Boston bomb squad had advanced notice of the horrific bombing that took place at the marathon today. As an eyewitness reports, once the bombs went off, officials began announcing, “this is just a drill!” This logically means they were all informed of the “bomb drill” beforehand. Otherwise, why would they respond with, “this is just a drill” ?

According to Local15TV.com, a University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach said there were bomb-sniffing dogs at both the start and finish lines, long before any explosions went off. He said:

“They kept making announcements on the loud speaker that it was just a drill and there was nothing to worry about. It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.”

The official story of the bombing is that terrorists detonated two bombs at the marathon finish line and that the Boston bomb squad magically located a third bomb one mile away, identified the bomb, rigged it with explosives and initiated a “controlled explosion” all in less than an hour! (Absurd.)

The official story sounds like nothing more than a cover story.

Here are some of the facts we know so far

1) Bomb-sniffing dogs were present at the start of the race and the finish line, even before bombs went off.

2) The reported arrest of a “Saudi national” has now been retracted. Apparently that was a mistake published by the NY Post.

3) Instead, the mainstream media is pushing a new narrative that blames “right-wing extremists” for the bombing, even without a shred of evidence to back that up.

4) It is impossible for a bomb squad to have located, analyzed, rigged and detonated the third bomb in under an hour, especially when it was located one mile away, at the Kennedy Presidential Library.

Why did the Boston bomb squad know all this in advance?

Given these facts, ask yourself: Who is the most likely culprit in the bombing?

The Boston bomb squad clearly had advanced notice of the presence of the bombs at the marathon, and they also had advanced notice of the location of the bomb at the Kennedy Presidential Library.

There are two reasonable explanations for this:

1) Someone called in a warning and threatened to bomb the event, which is why the bomb squad was on scene.

2) The bomb squad carried out the bombing as a false flag operation to achieve a political goal (unleashing TSA on the streets, blaming right wingers, increasing the bomb squad budget, etc.). ...

Regardless of what you might think is behind this right now, the real proof will be found in what Obama calls for in response to the bombings.

If he calls for TSA on the streets of America to “keep everybody safe” at sporting events, then it’s all clearly a false flag rolled out for a political purpose. It was all a pretext to justify a TSA lockdown.

If the bombing is used to frame and blame veterans, patriots or “right-wing extremists,” then it’s clearly a false flag, too. Veterans and patriots have been severely demonized by the Obama administration as well as the leftist media. ...

http://www.globalresearch.ca/official-story-unraveling-for-boston-marathon-bombing-clear-evidence-points-to-bomb-squads-prior-knowledge/5331559

diogeneslaertius's picture

internet 2.0, clash of civs, cyberwar meme

QQQBall's picture

All AA flights grounded... how could you tell?

QQQBall's picture

Don't Fly US Airlines. Daughter was to catch  a flight from Sactown to LAX for a flight to Sydney. LUV flight was so late, it left after the flight from Sydney had already departed. LUV told us no hotel, no nada, so I told her just to grab a slight home. Quantas was real good about the situation and she left the next day out of LAX. Screw LUV/SWA, they said they only compensate if your connecting flights is one of theirs - like that makes any fucking sense.  Fuck them - they will never see another penny from anyone in my extended family.  I coulde tell you about the guided fishing trip that Delta destroyed, but you could do a million-page thread on worthless US Airlines.

Trampy's picture

Frequent flyer miles are in my account from a lot of business travel.  I could sell them for, what, a penny a mile ?

Or mebbe they have a catalog of stuff to buy with miles like I got a Dyson vacuum cleaner for my United miles.