A global outage of the travel transaction processor software Amadeus disrupting flights around Australia as staff were forced to check in passengers manually. The outage also led to a small number of cancelled flights. The crash of the system was caused by the addition of a “leap second” which adds an extra second to the world’s electronic clocks at midnight on Saturday to keep them in step with the slowing rotation of the earth. Qantas said the outage caused delays of about an hour on domestic flights and less than an hour for international flights, while only two of Virgin

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