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JetBlue Warns of Delays After Power Outage Shuts Website

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JetBlue Airways Corp warned of delays or cancellations Thursday after a power outage took down its main website and affected customers checking in for flights.

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A maintenance operation disrupted power at a data center run by JetBlue's business partner Verizon Communications Inc, the airline said in a statement, adding that this was not a "cyber security issue."

"Power has been restored to Verizon's data center and we are working to fully restore our systems as soon as possible," the New York-based airline said. "Flights are still departing at this time but customers traveling may experience delays or cancellations."

JetBlue had 36 flight delays and four cancellations as of 1:45 PM ET (18:45 GMT), according to flight tracking website FlightAware.com.

The technical issue follows several high-profile computer problems that U.S. airlines faced in 2015, from a router error at United Continental Holdings Inc to a malfunctioning iPad application used by pilots at American Airlines Group Inc .

Industry consultants say the impact of computer disruptions will keep growing as airlines automate an increasing chunk of operations, outfit their planes with Wifi and distribute boarding passes on smartphones.

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(Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Andrew Hay)