United resumes flights after computer problems

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CHICAGO -- United Airlines is getting back to normal today after flights worldwide were grounded for nearly two hours Wednesday morning.

United grounded all of its planes because of "automation issues," according to an FAA notice.

An FAA spokeswoman said the airline was having computer problems.

Long lines were reported at airports nationwide.  Agents gave handwritten boarding passes to many passengers.

CNN reports 4,900 flights were impacted by the problem worldwide.  At O'Hare International Airport in Chicago United passengers experienced delays of 15 minutes to five hours.

Speaking at a Women in Transportation seminar downtown, Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans said United immediately contacted the Chicago Department of Aviation and helped provide extra staffing during the outage.

United issued a statement saying:

"We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning. we are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience."

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  • Unknown

    There is not much left of the old United IT, it’s mostly all Continental software now. Very little legacy United stuff left.