Glitch Blamed For Latest United Airlines Delays

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While most of us were catching a few “Zs” last night, thousands of United Airlines passengers were waiting in terminals, sitting on planes on a tarmac, or otherwise biding their time as the carrier suffered yet another computer glitch delaying flights around the world. 

Reuters reports that a computer glitch temporarily halted the departure of United Airlines flights over night before being resolved around 3 a.m. (ET).

The airline says the issue involved its weight reporting system, which caused system-wide flight delays.

“We’re aware of an issue with our system & are working to resolve it,” the company said on Twitter.

The carrier announced that the system was resolved around 3 a.m. (ET) and that flights would begin to operate as normal.

Passengers reported on Twitter that they waited up to three hours on planes or were stuck inside mostly closed terminals during the delays.

In addition to causing issues at airports, the glitch also reportedly took down the carrier’s website and mobile app.

This is, of course, the third major glitch for United this year. In June, United’s flight plan briefly lost functionality. A month later, the airline’s flights were disrupted when a glitch blocked access to reservation records.

New computer glitch delays United Airlines flights [Reuters]

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