A power outage at a Southern California Airport left several flights on the ground on Friday morning.
From 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., several early flights at the John Wayne Airport in California were grounded when the airport lost power for an undisclosed reason. Flights that were schedules to leave between 6:45 a.m. and to 7:30 a.m. were delayed about an hour as it took a while for systems to reboot.
The power outage struck as passengers were going through security screenings. The Transportation Security Administration screening areas and luggage areas had to wait to reboot before passengers could pass through to board their flights.
Firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority were called to the airport as there was a report of smoke in the terminal area, but there was no fire found. The smoke seemed the come from a wood-fire oven in a terminal restaurant. It is not clear if this incident was related.
This isn't the first time that there has been delays at John Wayne Airport. In March, a power outage at the air traffic control tower caused several flight delays as controllers had to use portable radios to communicate with pilots.
Airport outages occur for various reasons each month across the United States. Midway International Airport in Chicago lost power to its runway lights for about four hours in June.