Passengers waiting to fly out of London’s Gatwick airport Monday morning local time were left squinting and craning their necks to read whiteboards crammed with critical flight information. Via its Twitter account, an airport spokesperson apologised to travellers, explaining that “damage to a Vodafone fibre optic cable” took down the airport’s flight info screens, forcing them to respond with “contingencies” — specifically, the whiteboards you’d find in a Year Eight English class.
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It's a holiday weekend, but British Airways passengers aren't getting the relaxing time off that they'd hoped for. Following a "major IT system failure" that "is causing very severe disruption to our flight operations worldwide," the airline says that flights will have to be grounded until the problems are resolved.