Due to a computer glitch, all United Airlines domestic flights were grounded for over two hours on Sunday night, leading to thousands of unhappy travellers taking to social media to express their anger.
NBC reports that all of United Airlines domestic flights were unable to take off for over two hours, a delay that the Federal Aviation Administration said was the result of a computer glitch. All international flights were cleared for takeoff but those travelling within the US were subject to long delays as computer systems were rebooted.
It wasn’t long before posts began appearing on social media criticizing United Airlines for the long delays:
— Christopher Cornue (@cornue) January 23, 2017
Massive computer outage for @united causing delays all over the map. Currently stuck on tarmac in Denver. Damn you, Putin!
— Eric Timm (@Tymer_T) January 23, 2017
Just my luck. Flying the day there's a system outage on @united 🙃🙃
— Mekanikal (@DJMekanikal) January 23, 2017
Speaking to CNN, United Airlines spokeswoman Maddie King stated, “We have issued a ground stop for all domestic mainline flights due to an IT issue. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve this issue and get our customers to their final destinations. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers.”
United Airlines tweeted a few hours later that the grounding had been lifted and all domestic flights would continue as normal.
UPDATE: The ground stop has been lifted. We’re working to get flights on their way. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers.
— United (@united) January 23, 2017