Booking system for at least 4 airlines goes down

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The systems of American, Virgin Australia, Jet Blue and Alaska Air have gone down, inconveniencing travelers.
Posted: August 5, 2013 AT 10:30 PM (PST)
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On August 5, Virgin Australia, Jet Blue, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines booking computer systems went down. The airlines are apologizing on Twitter for the inconvenience.
 
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“There is a system wide outage affecting all Sabre carriers.”

– David Stewart, head of Corporate Security department of Virgin America
Through Twitter, Stewart said the outage was caused by Sabre. It is unconfirmed if any or all of the other airlines also use the computer system.
 
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  2. KING 5 News (KING5Seattle) on Twitter
  3. VirginAustralia: Airlines globally using the …
  4. KING5Seattle: Via @JetBlue: Looks like we’re …
  5. jetboyds: There is a system wide outage …

Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano Spews Ash, U.S. Airlines Cancel Flights

Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano Ash

Lava flows from the Popocatepetl volcano after an eruption, seen from Tlamacas, Mexico, early Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Arturo Andrade)

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MEXICO CITY — At least six U.S. airlines canceled 47 flights into and out of the Mexico City and Toluca airports Thursday after the Popocatepetl volcano spewed ash, steam and glowing rocks, airport officials said.

Mexico City airport spokesman Jorge Gomez said U.S. Airways, Delta, United, American and Alaska Airlines canceled the flights as a precaution. But he said the airport otherwise continues to operate normally and that by Thursday afternoon no ash had reached the area, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest from the volcano.

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Hero dad who stopped plane passenger opening door mid-flight

and restrained him with shoelaces said he just wanted to protect his son

The man who restrained a passenger trying to open an airplane door mid-flight has been hailed a hero for his quick actions, though he claims he was just trying to protect his son.

Henry Pignataro was on Alaska Airlines Flight 132 from Anchorage to Portland with his ten-year-old son Henry yesterday when Alexander Michael Herrera tried to open the emergency door.

Heroic: Henry Pignataro with his son, also called Henry describe the dramatic events that unfolded yesterday on Alaska Airlines Flight 132

Heroic: Henry Pignataro with his son, also called Henry describe the dramatic events that unfolded yesterday on Alaska Airlines Flight 132

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