Computer glitch causes United delays


United Airlines: Widespread computer problem delays travelers for hours – Oct. 14, 2016

Travelers flying United late Thursday reported hours of delays after the airline was hit by a widespread computer problem.

United (UAL) said it experienced an issue with its weight reporting system that was later resolved.

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“Any delayed flights are resuming and we apologize again for the inconvenience,” the company tweeted a little after 3 a.m. ET.

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A spokesperson was unable to provide any information on how bad the delays were and what the knock-on effects might be for United’s network.

Unhappy passengers across the U.S. took to social media to vent their frustration.

“Hey @united, I’ve been stuck on the tarmac for 2 hours on flight UA 732,” said Twitter user @rubinervin.

“So one little glitch at @united grounds the entire fleet? Seriously you guys are living in the 1990s,” tweeted Randy Bias.

Related: Airline passengers are complaining less

United’s woes are the latest in a string of recent system problems at major airlines. Last month, British Airways suffered a computer problem that caused delays and long lines at airports in the United States and Europe.

In August, Delta was forced to cancel around 2,000 flights after a major system failure. That came only a few weeks after an outage caused more than 1,000 cancellations at Southwest Airlines.

— Jethro Mullen and Daniel Allman contributed to this report.

CNNMoney (New York) First published October 14, 2016: 4:13 AM ET


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