Computer glitches ground American Airlines flights

September 18, 2015 08:02
On Thursday, 525 flights on American Airlines were delayed, and five were canceled. Photo: Reuters

American Airlines said Thursday it was working to get customers in the air after technical problems caused it to halt flights to three of its hub airports, Reuters reported.

American, the world's largest airline, experienced hundreds of delays as it stopped takeoffs to Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago O'Hare and Miami international airports for nearly two hours.

The carrier has fixed the technical problems, which it described as "connectivity issues".

International flights and service on the carrier's subsidiary US Airways were not affected.

A total of 525 flights on American Airlines were delayed Thursday and five canceled.

The flight groundings follow several high-profile computer problems that US airlines have faced in recent months.

Industry consultants say the impact of computer disruptions will keep growing as airlines automate an increasing chunk of operations, outfit their planes with Wi-Fi and distribute boarding passes on smartphones.

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