Technical Difficulties Send Airport Running for the Whiteboards

If it works, it works.

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TwitterEdmund von der Burg

This morning at London Gatwick airport, one of the busiest in the U.K., passengers huddled around whiteboards where airline employees dutifully updated arrival and departure times by hand for several hours. The reason for this abrupt step backwards in technological time? A busted fiber optics cable.

Due to damage to a Vodafone fibre optic cable, we are continuing to display our flight info manually. Contingencies are working - we have whiteboards and friendly staff on hand to help, and tens of thousands of passengers have departed on time. Apologies for any inconvenience.

— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport)

Passengers documented the crowded scene on social media as they pressed into get a look at the flight information as best they could.

The makeshift arrangement lasted for about five hours until . Hopefully the folks at London Gatwick are now hard at work making a contingency plan for if the fiber goes down again. Better that than working on their handwriting.

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