United Airlines Apologizes for Reuse of 9/11 Flight Numbers

Posted May 18th 2011 01:30 PMUpdated May 18th 2011 05:01 PM

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United Airlines Apologizes for Reuse of 9/11 Flight Numbers

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United Airlines briefly reinstated flight numbers from two of the planes that were hijacked on September 11, 2001 and is apologizing for the move.

Numbers 93 and 175 went back into use likely within the past few days, apparently due to a technical error, the Associated Press reports.

United Flight 93 crashed into Shanksville, Pa. while flight 175 was flown into one of the World Trade Center towers.

United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson told the AP: "The airline regrets the recent use of flight numbers 93 and 175, and has taken steps to remove the numbers from the airline's computer system."

Time magazine's blog writes
that one possible reason for the glitch might be due to flight number updates because of the United/Continental merger that was finalized in 2010.

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Ohno She Dint

Ohno they dint!!!!

May 19 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
seriesii

United is sloppy in all of it's operations...They have completely subcontracted ticket booking the the Phillapines. I spoke with 3 agents and couldn't understand a word they said. My exwife was philapina so I was used to a Togalag dialect. United simply doesn't care about it's customers, they are the bottom of the barrel in comfort, service, etc.

May 19 2011 at 7:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
prezobamasucks

GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!! I have lost a brother, in the WTC, why havent they rebuild it, they should have rebuild them both taller than before just to show that you might tear us down but we come back stronger and better, I am sick of people, crying bs, yes it was a sad day, but it is time to move on, we cant let them control us like this forever..........

May 19 2011 at 5:49 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Stephanie

Have you been to ground zero lately?? They are working 24/7 to rebuild it! Have a little more respect.

May 19 2011 at 6:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Greg

Thank you for pointing that out to some selfish people

May 19 2011 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
mark marcum

people are to sensative about stuff anymore! quit trivializing every dam detail of every dam thing!

May 19 2011 at 5:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jbuffet735

I can't even form a response! This is just stupid.

May 19 2011 at 5:41 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
mdennish

If people feel so strongly that the flight numbers should be retired out of respect for the people who died that day.
Why not eliminate all flights on Sept/11

May 19 2011 at 5:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
shimizu717

I do not know about UNITED except that it is trying to squeeze the average passenger to an experience
equal to poverty; no meals, no nothing!
On the other hand, i recently traveled to Morocco on DELTA and my bag was lost in NYC, so I endured my
business trip with little and nothing. When I returned via Madrid, the DELTA staff went out of their way to
track my bag. It required numerous e.mails, 34 days, discovery that my bag had been robbed of specialized
equipment. That is SERVICE!
Thank you DELTA!!!
John Mournian San Diego

May 19 2011 at 4:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Stephanie

Relevance?

May 19 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JERRY GREVAS

YOU GUYS JUST CAN'T SEEM TO GET IT TOGEATHER. THATS WHY I STOPD FLYING UNITED. THIS AIRLINE STINKS UP THE PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 19 2011 at 3:13 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jrtott

Isn't their reservation center in China or India? How are they sussposed to know. Like their maintence is done in China. They rather have (Communist China) do aircraft maintenance then Americans. You wonder why the employment is so high.

May 19 2011 at 2:53 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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hi bev

Isn't most of AOL employed by India now?

May 19 2011 at 3:49 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Jean-Paul J

Aren't you writing that comment on a foreign-made computer? And *you* wonder why the unemployment is so high.

May 26 2011 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
goeb7mi

OH GEEEZE. THEY ARE JUST NUMBERS GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON.

May 19 2011 at 2:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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