Long Lines Seen at JFK Airport Amid 'Technical Issue' With Check-In System

Passengers reported delays at airports in the US and internationally on May 21 after a check-in system experienced a “technical issue”, impacting airlines including JetBlue and American.

A spokesperson for American Airlines told Storyful: “Earlier today, Sabre had a technical issue that impacted multiple carriers, including American. This issue has been resolved. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”

Sabre’s website states their system: “provides fast, reliable and comprehensive check-in options that expedite and enhance the passenger’s experience while streamlining the operational efficiency of airline airport agents.” The company told Storyful: “We confirm there has been an outage of the Sabre system, impacting several customers. However, the issue is now fully resolved and we will take all necessary measures to prevent a recurrence.”

Disruption was reported in New York, Sydney, Los Angeles, Boston, and elsewhere.

This footage shows the disruption at John F Kennedy International Airport. A statement from the airport said the issue had been resolved. Credit: Antonio Algarra via Storyful

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