SANTA ANA ( — A power failure at John Wayne Airport was blamed for passenger delays on Friday.

All three airport terminals lost power between approximately 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., just before the first flights are scheduled for takeoff at 7:00 a.m., according to an airport spokeswoman.

TSA screening of both passengers and luggage was interrupted, but no traffic control towers were affected by the outage.

While power was restored, pre-boarding operations in all terminals have experienced some delays.

“That did impact passengers being able to be screened, luggage being able to be checked, and right now, we’re working on getting passengers through to their gates so they can board flights,” airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO.

Airports were reporting delays of 30 minutes to an hour, Wedge said. The delays appeared to be over by 10:00 a.m.

It was not yet clear what may have caused the power outage.


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