An electrical outage of unknown origin knocked out power to much of Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, Feb. 1, temporarily halting security screening of passengers and potentially delaying some outbound flights, but service was restored after about an hour.
The outage was reported around 2: 30 p.m., with airport officials saying most terminals and traffic lights in the terminal area were affected. Although the airfield continued operating normally, LAX officials warned that some departing flights could be delayed because there was no power to operate the jet bridges.
It was unclear how many flights were impacted, if any.
The lack of power also prompted the Transportation Security Administration to halt passenger screening. Travelers were advised to allow extra time to reach their flights.
At about 3: 10 p.m., airport officials said power had been restored to most locations or was coming back online. Thirty minutes later, the airport reported that power had been fully restored, and “operations are normal.”
There was no immediate word on what caused the outage. L.A. Department of Water and Power crews were on the scene, but the agency has no immediate update on the status of repair work.
There were reports that the outage also impacted businesses and hotels along Century Boulevard east of the airport and other areas of Westchester — including traffic lights on Century, Manchester Boulevard and portions of Sepulveda Boulevard.
On January 11, thousands of flights across the U.S. were delayed, creating chaos and forcing travelers to cancel or find other ways to travel, after a Federal Aviation Administration pilot alert system failed overnight, prompting a nationwide halt to airline departures.