The Federal Aviation Administration gounded all United Airlines flights temporarily Tuesday morning due to unspecified “automation issues.” According to the airline, flights were delayed in order to ensure that the flight dispatch system was working properly.
We began delaying flights at approx. 8 a.m. CT to ensure aircraft departed with proper dispatch information. Flights are now departing.
— United (@united) June 2, 2015
“United began delaying flights at approximately 8 a.m. CT [U.S. Central Time, one hour behind Eastern Time or EDT] to ensure aircraft departed with proper dispatching information,” United Airlines spokesman Charles Hobart told International Business Times in a statement. “We resumed departures at about 8:40 CT and are accommodating our customers to their destinations.”
Many passengers, who were stranded on flights that were sitting on the tarmac, took to Twitter to bemoan the delay.
All @united flights currently grounded due to 'an IT issue'. Our captain predicting only small delay. Plan accordingly
— Mehul (@mksheth) June 2, 2015
— John Breyault (@JammingEcono) June 2, 2015
Sitting on runway. Pilot inferring #UnitedAirlines has grounded all flights due to possible hack: fake flight plans found in system.
— Ted Benson (@edwardbenson) June 2, 2015