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Southwest Airlines computer issues cause Nashville travel delays

Long lines at security checkpoints at Nashville International Airport at 7:30 a.m. Long lines at security checkpoints at Nashville International Airport at 7:30 a.m.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A computer problem caused long lines for Southwest Airlines passengers attempting to check-in for their flights Friday morning at Nashville International Airport.

The system experienced issues nationwide from about 4:45 a.m. to 5:15 a.m., according to airline officials, and the glitch made long lines even longer at BNA.

A Southwest spokeswoman said the issue only caused minor flight delays Friday morning.

Travelers already expected long lines due to the holiday weekend, but nobody counted on this computer issue compounding their headaches.

"Thankfully, I got here early enough, I think," said Nashville traveler Cherry Bark.

Southwest is just the latest airline to have computer problems. In April, American Airlines had to cancel more than 400 flights when its computer system shut down.

Officials with AAA say it's problems like these that can partly explain an estimated 8-percent decline in air travel.

"As to the more significant decline in terms of air travel, we believe that is a combination of consumers' concerns relative to fares, fees and frustrations, overall," said Robert Darbelnet, with AAA.

AAA estimates more travelers - 89 percent - will drive this Memorial Day weekend, and a major reason is that gas prices remain relatively low.

Nashville airport officials remind travelers to give themselves extra time before their flights this summer, as several tourists visit the area for CMA Music Fest and Bonnaroo.

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