All US United Continental flights grounded

United Airlines jets are parked on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport, in Newark, N.J. All United Continental flights in the U.S. were grounded Wednesday due to computer problems. United said in a statement that it is working to resolve the problems, which are related to “network connectivity,” Newark, New Jersey, July 22, 2014 | Photo by Julio Cortez, St. George News

NEW YORK — All United Continental flights in the U.S. have been grounded due to computer problems.

United said Wednesday that it is working to resolve the problems, which are related to “network connectivity.”

It is the second time in two months that the carrier has been hit by major technical issues.

The Chicago company had halted all takeoffs in the U.S. on June 2 due to what the airline described as computer automation issues.

The Federal Aviation Administration used the same language in its notice about the outage Wednesday.

United suffered a series of computer problems in 2012 after switching to a passenger information computer system previously used by merger partner Continental Airlines.

In each case, hundreds of flights were delayed. A number of high-paying business travelers defected to other airlines and revenue dropped.

“We don’t know everything behind this morning’s issues yet, but today’s incident underscores the sense that something is very wrong at United,” said Gary Leff, co-founder of frequent-flier website MilePoint.

Shares of Continental Holdings Inc. declined 76 cents to $53.55 in early morning trading.

Michelle Chapman in New York contributed to this story.

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16 Comments

  • anybody home July 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

    As somebody once said, computers are like Old Testament gods – lots of rules and no mercy.

  • anybody home July 8, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Update – they’re flying again.

  • Brian July 8, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    There is a massive cyber attack going on, primarily aimed at things in St. Louis, for some reason. You can watch it in real time: http://map.norsecorp.com/. That’s half cool, half spooky. It’s like the video game version of War Games. A preview of coming attractions…

  • DB July 8, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    “Shares of Continental Holdings Inc. declined 76 cents to $53.55 in early morning trading.” Yup, until the computers at the Stock Exchange crashed 🙂

  • fun bag July 8, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Brian’s comments are not out of line at all. The illegal aliens should have been dealt with decades ago. Now I’m afraid it’s too late and we’re stuck with them forever!

  • anybody home July 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

    They’re out of line in a story ab out a problem with the airlines that has NOTHING to do with illegal aliens. That’s the only point I’m making. The article is not about illegal aliens. If it were, comments about them would be appropriate. Since it’s not, comments about them are out of place.

    • fun bag July 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      LOL, explain why its out of line. out of context maybe, but who cares…

      • anybody home July 9, 2015 at 2:09 pm

        Out of context is completely different, but there’s no point trying to explain anything here. I’m going to the beach…Have fun, Fun Bag.

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