But he said the pilot had invited passengers to come and view the flight deck to help pass the time.
“I got to live the dream of nine-year-old me,” he said.
“It was great, particularly as it’s usually so security conscious.
“Both the pilot and the first officer, alongside the whole crew, have been great, keeping us informed and making sure everyone is able to get up, go to toilet and get refreshments.”
CBS journalist Emmet Lyons said he had been sitting on a runway in Majorca, Spain for two hours as a result of the system failure.
“Our pilot just said it was the ‘most unprecedented situation’ he has experienced in his career regarding the air traffic control issues faced in the UK,” he said.
Flight-monitoring website Flight Radar said arrivals into the UK’s airports, including London’s largest – Heathrow – were affected less compared to departing flights.
“UK airports, including London Heathrow, appear to be significantly limiting departures,” the website reported.
“Arrivals continue. All of our most tracked flights right now are London arrivals.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said, via its Smartraveller account, that Australians travelling should check with their airlines for travel updates.
“Air traffic control issues are currently affecting flights into and out of #unitedkingdom airspace. Delays may occur. You should check with your airline for further information,” it said.
The Scottish airline Logainair said that the UK’s air traffic control computer systems had suffered a complete network-wide failure.
“There has been a network-wide failure of UK air traffic control computer systems this morning,” it said on its social media account on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
Airlines advised customers to proceed with their travel plans.
Airlines EasyJet and Jet2.com said they would continue to board flights per their scheduled departure time and urged passengers to continue to head to the airport as normal.
“This will allow us to depart as soon as we are given clearance and ensure that any impact is kept to a minimum,” Jet2.com said in a note to passengers.
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Source : https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/dfat-urges-australians-to-consult-airlines-after-computer-issue-causes-delays-at-uk-airports-20230828-p5e04u.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world