BA , IT system fails worldwide

27 May

london 6.49pm 20C cloudy saturday 2017

for those of us who stay at home and not travelling during this bank holiday weekend, we are having a quiet time of it. i am used to hearing of huge disruption to travel at this time of year, in fact every bank holiday weekend it becomes like normal to expect news of disruption and see pictures of huge crowds stuck somewhere or other. 

we all know to expect disruption for travel around this time, but i think this cock up by BA (british airlines) really takes the biscuit. it must be the mother of all cock ups. to have their computer system break down world wide like this beggars belief. all flights by BA are cancelled for today at both heathrow and gatwick. i wonder if it is worldwide in all their flights elsewhere too. people must be wondering such a huge breakdown worldwide cannot be an accident surely… must be a huge hacking cyberattack on BA… but BA denies it. can such a thing happen in this modern days? oh wait, what am i saying ?  it has happened, it is happening…  when a whole IT system can break down like this? since it can, then does it mean that in future we will get another such accident to another airline, or worldwide business…? sounds rather horrifying. and how come it is only now happening like this. is it true then that their outsourcing it to india may be the reason why there is this worldwide breakdown. is it a sabotage made easier to do with outsourcing it instead of being inhouse. or is the system so complicated now that it is making  contradicting orders that just make the system freeze up.

simon calder has some thoughts on this. noting that it would have been worst if it had been yesterday, which is a far busier time when most travellers fly off  for the holidays. well, not for the first time i am glad i am out of all that. never travel during any bank holiday weekend is my motto, and it has faithfully served me well.

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4 Responses to “BA , IT system fails worldwide”

  1. Garfield Hug Sunday May 28, 2017 at 1:10 am #

    These days everything is electronic or runned by IT Systems. My car was grounded to a full halt because of a failed IT system. Front wheel sensors “not talking” to the steering wheel. The whole electronic kit failed. So much for techno!!

    • alifesgayventure Sunday May 28, 2017 at 7:07 am #

      oh, so that is what is wrong with the car. i guess nowadays we can all blame it on the IT system now whenever a car stops working. though it is a rather disturbing thought, because if it can fail one way, can it also fail the other way…cause the car to suddenly speed up and make the driver lose control? usually we blame the driver, usually elderly hitting the accelerator instead of the brake, but i wonder if it is not the car … like a robot going wild. haha. and the accident would destroy all evidence of a IT malfunction.

      • Garfield Hug Sunday May 28, 2017 at 7:11 am #

        Yes. Scary. IT has its upside and downside. Apparently I asked the auto car maker on if I died cos of IT failure will all trace be gone. It seems not. All information is kept and the keyless remote holds the information like a secret coded IT. Germans are great car makers. So here is hoping I will die with a trace hopefully if *touchwood* IT or AI acts up😉

  2. alifesgayventure Sunday May 28, 2017 at 7:29 am #

    i just now saw this article about a guy whose car speeded up suddenly… he did not die and the car was not totaled by an accident, so they could verify if it did speed up like he said… though frankly i dont see how the computer can tell if it is a man hitting the accelerator, or the car doing it, if the guy died, he is not around to tell his version of the story… this time , this guy lived to tell the tale.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4548156/Horrified-father-s-Vauxhall-Astra-speeds-120mph.html

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