Austin-Bergstrom International Airport lost power before dawn Wednesday, during the facility’s busiest time of day. The three hour and half power failure impacted the entire airport campus. The airport also closed the roads to its terminal to prevent the situation from worsening with more passengers entering the building. 37 outgoing flights were canceled Wednesday and an additional 59 flights were delayed. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) couldn’t screen passengers without an internet connection and those in line waited indefinitely. During the power outage, passengers who had already cleared security waited in the terminal.
They received free food from eestaurants with locations inside the airport.The entire situation was described as ” horrible chaos .”Some flights were rescheduled for Thursday. The three hours outage was caused when underground equipment malfunctioned. Airport officials expected operations would be back to normal Thursday. Austin Energy crews were continuing to evaluate the issue to identify any changes the city-owned utility might need to make in the future. This is the second major disruption at Austin-Bergstrom in less than a month. The airport was evacuated Aug. 10 after airport officials said a fire alarm went off.