The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) suffered a power outage on Wednesday afternoon. The outage was brief, first reported around 2:30 p.m., then resolved within an hour – around 3:30 p.m. Most of the terminals were impacted, and operations such as TSA screenings came to a screeching halt.
You cannot scan Real IDs and passports, nor can you do electronic frisking for weapons when your equipment has no power. Go figure.
According to FlightAware, by 3:15, there were 140 delays and 64 cancelations. Whether these were a result of the power outage is yet to be revealed. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) came in to resolve the issue and took to Twitter to assure that it was not due to any rolling blackouts.
LOS ANGELES, CA — A power outage impacted operations for nearly an hour Wednesday afternoon at LAX, authorities said.
The majority of terminals were affected by the outage, according to the airport, which first reported the issue around 2:30 p.m. As of 3:10 p.m., power had been restored to most locations or was coming online, and all systems were back online by 3:30 p.m.
No flights were canceled or delayed, according to airport public information officer Victoria Spilabotte, but passengers on some flights did have to deplane manually after jet bridges lost power.
Department of Water and Power crews were at the airport and investigating the cause of the 50-minute outage, Spilabotte said.
“Our crews were able to make switches in the field to reroute power to LAX and restore service,” the utility provider tweeted.
The outage continued to affect the surrounding area, however, with more than 350 nearby customers still without electricity as of 4:30 p.m.