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U.K. Flight Chaos on BA Computer Glitch, London City Protest

  • British Airways staff resort to handwritten boarding passes
  • Activists chained to tripod block City’s single runway
Emergency services surround protestors on the runway at London City Airport.

Emergency services surround protestors on the runway at London City Airport.

Photographer: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images
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Airline passengers in London suffered a morning of chaos Tuesday after a computer fault froze check-in systems at British Airways and the U.K. capital’s City airport was closed when protesters blocked the runway.

An outage that affected British Airways passengers in the U.S. overnight caused disruption across the carrier’s network Tuesday, with dozens of flights delayed at its London Heathrow and Gatwick hubs and staff forced to issue handwritten boarding passes in order to keep flights operating.