Qantas' website goes all-but-titsup for an hour
What's the reason website's not flying?
Australian flag carrier QANTAS' website went all-but-titsup for at least an hour on Monday afternoon.
El Reg tried to book a ticket at 1:50 PM AEST and found the site operated only in very limited mode, with basic booking functions only on offer.
Even that functionality was flaky: the site changed from the limited graphical mode to a retro 1994-style Mosaic mode before we could book a return flight to Melbourne.
That version of the site wasn't behaving either and the outage was stretching into a second hour.
The Register has asked Qantas to explain itself but is yet to hear from the airline at the time of writing.®
Nice try though
At least they made some attempt at graceful degradation of their service, rather than throwing the hands up in the air if it can't reach 20 different "nice to have" systems, and reporting some cutesy or hipster "ooops come back later" message.
Now for a bit of testing and rework to get the fallback barebones service working properly...
...the Toxic Leprechaun has fired all the IT staff as yet another of his 'cost saving' measures.
"...retro 1994-style Mosaic mode..."
Heh, haven't heard reference to that web browser in years.
Ahh the memories...