Because of reported “automation issues,” all United Airlines flights at airports around the country were grounded earlier today, Wednesday. NBC News reports that frustrated passengers in terminals across America have been taking to social media with the upsetting news.
“United Airlines passengers at airports around the country say their flights have been temporarily grounded Wednesday morning because of a computer system malfunction. Flights were expected to be impacted throughout the day.”
Details of the system-wide problem affecting all United flights — and therefore air travel schedules at virtually all airports — are sketchy. NBC reports: “The Federal Aviation Administration blamed the ground stop on ‘automation issues,’ although the airline has not immediately responded to requests for comment.”
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TIME has shared what it says is a more complete explanation of the issue: “’United began delaying flights at approximately 8 a.m. CT to ensure aircraft departed with proper dispatching information,’ United spokesperson Charles Hobart wrote in an emailed statement to TIME. ‘We resumed departures at about 8:40 CT and are accommodating our customers to their destinations.’”
Western Journalism will bring you further details of the air travel snafu as they become available.