United Airlines resumes all flights after resolving computer outage that sparked nationwide grounding
- The FFA said the airline was experiencing a computer issue on Tuesday
- The ground stop was lifted at 1.50pm EST
- The exact reason behind the ground stop remains unknown
United Airlines has lifted its nationwide ground stop of all its flights on Tuesday.
The airline had made the request over a computer issue, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The airline had said all planes in the air would be able to land but none would be taking off as of 1.10pm EST.
The ground stop was lifted at 1.50pm EST.
‘We have identified a fix for the technology issue and flights have resumed,’ the airline told DailyMail.com. ‘We’re working with impacted customers to help them reach their destinations as soon as possible.’
According to FlightAware, United cancelled seven flights and delayed 260 on Tuesday.
United Airlines grounded all its flights on Tuesday as it dealt with an ‘equipment failure’
The exact reason behind the ground stop remains unknown.
Social media users were quick to react to the news of the ground stop.
‘United Airlines about to have the worst day of the decade,’ read one post on X.
‘Someone get Mayor Pete on the phone!’ read another post about secretary of transportation Pete Buttigieg.
Buttigieg issued a statement saying he was aware of the ground stop.
‘FAA is currently receiving more information about the cause and scope of the issue, and DOT will make sure UA meets its obligations to affected passengers,’ he posted on X.
‘We are experiencing a systemwide technology issue and are holding all aircraft at their departure airports,’ United told DailyMail.com during the ground stop.
‘Flights that are already airborne are continuing to their destination as planned. We’re currently investigating and will share more information as it becomes available.’
The ground stop came during the last day of Labor Day weekend travel.
United had predicted it would have its busiest Labor Day Weekend on record, expecting 2.8 million passengers from Wednesday to Tuesday.