Baggage system breakdown delays flights from New York’s JFK airport

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NEW YORK — A computer glitch in a baggage handling system is causing havoc at New York City’s Kennedy Airport.

American Airlines says a software problem crippled the baggage conveyor belt Wednesday morning in its terminal at JFK.

About 20 flights have been delayed by at least an hour while technicians try to resolve the problem.

The airline is sorting bags by hand, but the backup has left the terminal brimming with hundreds of bags.

Passengers were given the option of flying without their bags. The airline is promising to deliver the delayed luggage once the issue is resolved.