SACRAMENTO -- Thousands of Southwest passengers continued to snake through long lines at Sacramento International Airport Thursday morning.
"I got an email this morning, saying my flight was canceled. And all this flights up until 6 p.m. were sold out," passenger Jason McDowell said.
This started Wednesday when a technical glitch disrupted Southwest Airlines computer systems. The issue forced Southwest planes nationwide to be grounded.
24 hours later, hundreds of Southwest flights remained cancelled or delayed.
McDowell said he needs to get to work in Orange County no matter what.
"I don't know what I'll do. Walk... I don't know. Figure out what they're going to figure out for me," McDowell said.
Stephanie Lazar said she could not even get to the airport Wednesday. She said she was stuck in traffic in Roseville after law enforcement shut down I-80 for the hours long search for two armed suspects. But after a quick check and a dash of good luck, she said she will be on a flight Thursday.
"We are one of the lucky ones. We were put off from yesterday's travels, we're quite glad to be on one of the only flights today, as it turns out, first thing this morning," Lazar said.
Southwest Airlines has announced that most of the computer glitches have been fixed. However, for these thousands of passengers, that still means they will have to wait in these very long lines until they make a full recovery.
Thursday morning, Southwest released this statement on their Twitter page:
"I want to start off by once again apologizing to our Customers and reiterating that your experience throughout the past 24 hours is not the service you should expect from Southwest Airlines. Most of our systems are back online this morning following yesterday's technology outages, but recovery will take some time. We expect some cancellations and delays as we position aircraft and crews."
Rob McInnis and his daughter were supposed to be flying to Las Vegas for her 23rd birthday. But their flight was canceled and rescheduled for Friday.
"They got us booked on a 7 a.m. flight, so it's about the same as today, so hopefully, we don't have any problems tomorrow. Crossing my fingers!" McInnis said.