United Airlines flights across the U.S. were cleared Wednesday for takeoff after being grounded due to apparent computer glitches since early morning. The FAA updated the ground stop order just before 10 a.m. EDT.
“We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning,” United said in a statement around 9 a.m. “We are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.”
Soon after United issued its statement, a number of flights began taking off, according to tweets sent by passengers.
— Tracy Sefl (@tracysefl) July 8, 2015
United apparently made the decision to ground the planes, informing the FAA around 7 a.m.
In 2012 United switched over to the computer system used by merger partner Continental Airlines, the Los Angeles Times reported.
United passengers should expect delays for the rest of the day, the airline said.
We're recovering from a network connectivity issue & restoring flight ops. We’ll have a waiver on http://t.co/ufFoKFTNNe to change flights.
— United (@united) July 8, 2015
— Rob Munoz (@RobKIRO7) July 8, 2015
Multiple passengers took to Twitter to provide updates on the situation throughout the morning, saying United agents were hand-writing boarding passes and baggage tickets.
United's entire computer system is down and a drunk guy just fell iin the aisle. It's 715 am. Send help.
— Graham Oliver (@GrahamMOliver) July 8, 2015
— Betsy Fischer Martin (@BFischerMartin) July 8, 2015
— Jeff Rossen (@jeffrossen) July 8, 2015