United Airlines has resumed flights after ordering all of them grounded across the United States and Canada on Tuesday.
United had requested the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issue a ground stop order on all of its aircraft in the United States and U.S.-bound flights from Canada, the FAA tweeted. Flights would be able to land, but none will take off until the order is lifted, according to the airline’s tweet. (RELATED: DOT Fines American Airlines Over $4 Million For Tarmac Delays That Left Passengers Trapped)
United then tweeted at 2:01 PM that flights had resumed.
“We have identified a fix for the technology issue and flights have resumed,” the tweet reads. “We’re working with impacted customers to help them reach their destinations as soon as possible.”
The FAA also confirmed that the order was lifted, according to its tweet.
We are experiencing a systemwide technology issue and are holding all aircraft at their departure airports. 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…
— United Airlines (@united) September 5, 2023
United Airlines is the largest domestic air carrier in the United States in terms of seat capacity, according to AeroTime.
“We are experiencing a systemwide technology issue and are holding all aircraft at their departure airports. Flights that are already airborne are continuing to their destination as planned,” United had originally tweeted. “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.”
Delays in air travel across the United States have become common in recent years due to staffing shortages — of pilots and air traffic controllers — as well as union disputes with airline management, according to CNN. Previously, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had warned airlines that they would face delays unless equipped to withstand 5G interference, according to The Wall Street Journal.
President Joe Biden announced in May that his administration will introduce new regulations requiring airlines to purchase meals and hotels for passengers who have been affected by cancellations.
The FAA and United Airlines repeated their tweets on the subject in response to a request for comment.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include new information from United Airlines and the FAA.
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