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Oct 8, 2012 3:35 PM by The Associated Press

No quick end to Alaska Airlines flight delays

SEATTLE (AP) - There's been no quick solution to a computer failure that cut off Alaska Airlines' ability to put passengers on planes, creating long lines at many West Coast airports.

The failure has caused delays at the Seattle-based airline's entire network of 64 destinations, which also includes airports in Alaska, Mexico and Canada. Alaska Airlines has an average of 436 flights a day.

Airline spokeswoman Marianne Lindsey says technicians are trying to restore the reservation network that was lost at 7:40 a.m. Monday.

The airline says the problem was caused when a Sprint fiber optic network in the Midwest was cut and Alaska Airlines lost its connection to the Sabre ticketing system.

The airline had hoped for a partial solution by noon Pacific time, but there was no indication a fix was imminent.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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