Delta System Failure Marks Wake-Up Call for Airline Industry

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  • Outdated power equipment and computers raise risk to carriers
  • More flight cancellations likely Wednesday, Delta says

Delta passengers wait at LaGuardia Airport on Aug. 8. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

The failure of Delta Air Lines Inc.’s worldwide computer network this week spotlights the vulnerability of the information systems sustaining the biggest U.S. carriers, each of which has contended with major disruptions during the last year.

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