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The Las Vegas airport experienced a power outage on the morning of June 13.

The Las Vegas airport experienced a power outage on the morning of June 13.  (iStock)

Travelers passing through McCarran International Airport were left in the dark when the Las Vegas airport experienced a power outage on the morning of June 13.

Airport officials confirmed power had returned at roughly 9 a.m. local time, though they said it would "take time to clear the backlog" at baggage claim. Another passenger, however, tweeted that the lights had gone back off since then.

Lights just went back off @LASairport Her he groan from people who are stuck waiting for bags, in line at security and ticket counters which are all jammed right now pic.twitter.com/OeVBsoWRoC

— Lesley Marin (@lesleymarin) June 13, 2018

The air hub initially announced new of the outage through their official Twitter account just before 8 a.m.

7:51 a.m. — We’re experiencing power outages in some areas of the airport this hour. Checkpoints are open but things are moving slower than usual. More updates to come.

— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 13, 2018

“We’re experiencing power outages in some areas of the airport this hour. Checkpoints are open but things are moving slower than usual,” they posted.

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In the hours since, reported outages in Terminal 1 affected the TSA screening process, public information officer Christine Crews told Fox 5.

Representatives for McCarran Airport have continued to update the public via Twitter, with the outage moving to affect systems at A, B and C Concourses, while D Gates and Terminal 3 are powered and operational.

"Expect delays as we sort out the situation," they wrote.

8:24 a.m. — Outage is affecting systems at Terminal 1, A, B and C Concourses. D Gates and Terminal 3 are powered and operational. Expect delays as we sort out out the situation.

— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 13, 2018

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According to Fox 5, Nevada Energy believes the outage was caused by an off-site equipment issue. In the meantime, back up power generators were used until the power returned. Airlines including Southwest, Spirit Airlines and Allegiant are continuing to adjust scheduled flights for the day.

Terminal 1 checkpoints remain open but Ticketing and gate operations are limited or out in certain locations. We are working with NV Energy to address the situation as quickly as possible.

— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 13, 2018

[email protected], @SpiritAirlines and @Allegiant have implemented ground stops for inbound flights to @LASairport. If traveling on those carriers, please check with them directly for status of your flight. We are working with @NVEnergy to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 13, 2018

Various travelers have taken to Twitter to share photos of the outage, and it did not bode well for those hoping to get lucky in Sin City, as one commenter reported that slot machines were also down.

Power outage at McCarran airport in Las Vegas. Even the slots are doen pic.twitter.com/mopOHvK6jB

— john s (@spacefoodsticks) June 13, 2018

#BREAKING : Power outage at McCarran Airport. Per spokeswoman: Flights are still coming in & out, but some airlines (@SouthwestAir) are choosing to divert planes, tower is working, slowdowns at baggage claim & ticketing is slow pic.twitter.com/c1hWum4PLn

— Nia Wong (@NiaWong) June 13, 2018

#mccarran #vegas airport #blackout not good pic.twitter.com/lWG2PoK163

— TVIX Wizard (@TurboRhoads) June 13, 2018

Living through glimpse of the apocalypse. Pwr out at McCarran airport. No moving sidewalks, escalators, screens telling me where my bags are and no slots dinging. The Horrrah!! pic.twitter.com/BypIeiqI6i

— Jeff Weber (@JeffWeb70938484) June 13, 2018

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and calm demeanor during this trying morning,” McCarran Airport tweeted later in the day.

Lights are back on in Terminal 1 but we will still need time before operations resume normally. We appreciate everyone’s patience and calm demeanor during this trying morning.

— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 13, 2018

As of press time, power was returning to the airport. Baggage claim had resumed operations and checkpoints were reopened. Airport officials have not confirmed on Twitter whether the power had gone out since then. 

Lights are back on in Terminal 1 but we will still need time before operations resume normally. We appreciate everyone’s patience and calm demeanor during this trying morning.

— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 13, 2018

Checkpoints are open throughout the airport. Some delays will occur as processes catch up with backlogs in baggage claim, at gates and in check-in at Terminal 1. We’re working hard to get things back to normal and appreciate everyone’s patience this morning.

— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 13, 2018

Baggage claim has resumed operations but it will take tome to clear the backlog. We appreciate your patience. pic.twitter.com/9WgErLUI04

— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 13, 2018

Power is back on. Airlines will move bags as quickly as they can but there will be some backlog to clear. We appreciate your patience this morning.

— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 13, 2018

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Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

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