'IT Issue' Grounded All United Airlines Flights In The US

For two and a half hours — no take-offs. An anonymous reader quotes NBC News:

All of United Airlines’ domestic flights were grounded Sunday night because of a computer outage, the Federal Aviation Administration said as scores of angry travelers sounded off on social media… U.S. officials told NBC News that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, had issues with low bandwidth. No further explanation was immediately available for what United described only as “an IT issue.”

An hour ago United tweeted that they’d finally lifted the stop and were “working to get flights on their way.” 66 flights were cancelled just at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, the Chicago Department of Aviation told the Associated Press, and though the article doesn’t identify the total number of flights affected, “Chicago-based United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents.”

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