Updated Sep 5, 2023 - Economy

United Airlines briefly grounds fleet nationwide over computer issue

A United Airlines flight departing from Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C., On Sept. 1.

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

United Airlines issued a brief nationwide ground stop for its fleet because of a computer issue, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The latest: The brief ground stop was lifted after around 30 minutes after United "identified a fix for the technology issue," the FAA and the company said.

  • United did not say exactly what the technical issue was.

What they're saying: "We are experiencing a systemwide technology issue and are holding all aircraft at their departure airports," the airline said Tuesday afternoon.

  • "Flights that are already airborne are continuing to their destination as planned. We will share more information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience as we work on a resolution to get you on your way as soon as possible."

The big picture: The hiccup came a day after the travel-intensive Labor Day weekend.

  • Before the weekend, United predicted that it would see nearly 2.8 million passengers over a six-day stretch, which would be its largest Labor Day travel period ever, according to AP.

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