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Every United Airlines Flight In America Was Grounded For An Hour Wednesday Morning

There was a computer system issue.

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Every United Airlines flight in America was grounded for more than an hour Wednesday because of a computer issue, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The ground notice went out around 8:40 a.m. ET. It was lifted around 9:47 a.m. ET.

Passengers and news outlets around the nation reported long lines and general frustration during the outage:

The joy that is O'Hare right now during this @united debacle. #Grounded #Ohare #Airport #ComputerGlitch

.@united grounded all of their flights this morning. No est wait times from @fly2ohare. Line hasn't moved in 15 min.

Line outside Terminal 7 at @flyLAXairport due to United computer outage.

Long #United check-in line @DENAirport @united via @RahelCBS4

Some flights did manage to get off the ground during the outage:

.@united #6265 taking off now. https://t.co/T2tBJUvG48

A flight took off from Chicago bound for Washington, D.C., at 8 a.m., according to United's website.

Lines started moving shortly after the all-clear was sent:

Passengers going to #Houston on @united were bumped to the front of the line. Some people still waiting at @FlyTPA

Ticketing line at Terminal B at Logan. #United flights now reboarding, but still plenty of problems #7News

"We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning. We are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience," United said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

In June, all United flights were grounded for about an hour over a dispatching issue.

Tom Namako is the deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tom Namako at tom.namako@buzzfeed.com.

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