Thousands of air travelers were inconvenienced on Monday when Delta Airlines experienced what we were told was a massive computer meltdown, which caused them to cancel or delay flights all over the world.
Delta says the problem was caused by a severe thunderstorm in the Atlanta area, which is the control centre for Delta.
Some computer geeks I’ve talked to are skeptical of the explanation, but even if it’s true, it raises serious concerns.
Hospitals, government agencies and just about everyone else who’s concerned about security and safety have back up power sources and contingencies in place in case something like that happens.
Apparently, airlines don’t follow the same practices.
The Delta shutdown was the third time in the last several months that an airline has been compromised due to computer shutdowns; both South West and American Airlines have experienced similar situations.
Computer hackers and others with evil intentions are constantly attempting to hack into the computer systems of businesses and government agencies to cause havoc or even worse.
They’ve now seen how easy it is to cripple an entire airline and that should concern all of us.
The airlines need to get their act together.
It’s not just about inconvenience, it’s about public safety.