United Airlines Computer Glitch Strands Thousands (PHOTOS)

by AOL Travel Staff Subscribe to AOL Travel Staff's posts Posted Jun 18th 2011 04:00 PM



A United Airlines "network connectivity" problem created widespread cancellations on Friday night that has now affected thousands for the weekend.

Flights resumed on Saturday, but the airline said delays could persist throughout the weekend.

Airline analyst Robert Mann told the Associated Press: "There's literally nowhere to put them. There are already very few empty seats on the flights that operate."

The outage started about 7:15 p.m. Central time on Friday and lasted for about five hours. Lines grew at airports in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago. Many of those stranded ended up spending the night in the airport.

Herewith are a collection of photographs from around the nation on Friday and Saturday.

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United Airlines 'Computer Glitch' Disrupts Travel

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June 19 2011 at 2:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Airports should have better facilities available for these type of circumstances. This is happening more than often, but airports do not take the necessary precautions in these events. Travel Update 24

June 19 2011 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Drive the only option. Train? You've obviously never checked out using AmTax for a trip before. I have many times, It costs as much or more than flying, takes between 3 and 8 times as long as driving. Greyhound is nicer than you'd think, often less than driving, takes twice as long as driving as they have to stop at every little town along the way. But if you just drive for a while airlines will go broke and there'll be less competition. So what's a body to do?

June 19 2011 at 1:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Some of you remember, and it was not long ago, When you just called in an air travel reservation or just showed up at the ticket counter, gave your name, and paid for your ticket in cash. When your flight was called you just walked out to the plane and got aboard. The flight crews were friendly and they were respected. Stewardess were young ladies, good looking, of a certain height, and well trained. They were required to retire at about 30 years of age. You could carry a loaded gun in your back pocket and as many knifes as you wanted in your other pockets. Travelers dressed nicely and if any kids were with them they made sure that they behaved and did not disturb other passengers. Onboard meals were very well prepared and tasty. Silverware was made of metal, knives, forks, and spoons. Now what have we got, and why? You know the answer to that as well as I do.

June 18 2011 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why don't they put them up in hotels?

June 18 2011 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathryn O'Hehir

United has more headaches than it's computer system.

Check out the high speed train industry. It could be a dot.com boom for the U.S. China is building the largest and fastest train system in the world (I travel 3 weekends a month here) and while only major routes are available now, it has already affected the Chinese airline industry who had to cut routes now served by high speed rail.

China wants to loan the U.S. the money to modernize our existing railroad tracks to accommodate the high speed trains, if the U.S. agrees to buy the trains from China. It's win, win. We re-build the tracks, we get the ticket revenue, they get to sell big trains, and they also now sell jumbo jet air planes, too.

A lot more room on a train, with far fewer delays.

June 18 2011 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frank Malone

This is just "normal" airlines screw up. Imagine what a foreign nation's cyber attack would look like. I cannot believe that they do not have a paper schedule as a back up to use in emergencies.

June 18 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The american public are like cattle, they will never rise up against the shabby service that corporations like united and others offer in exchange for their hard earned dollars. Perhaps one day a "PRO DEMOCRACY CONSUMER " movement will come to the united states, don't expect it to come from politicians in washington, they have all that much to gain from their corporate pimps who tell them what to do and when or when not to do it.

June 18 2011 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

until we are ready to stop this crap ----- to sacrifice a few of our desires/wants ---and BOYCOTT all airline for awhile, they will continue to:raise prices (including charges for pillows, blankets, soft drinks, over-booking, tarmac waits, etc.)whatever they damn well choose to do to increase profits for their investors,,,,,,,then we should stop whining!!!! We have allowed this (though not the computer glich)......but you know what I mean!!!

June 18 2011 at 4:24 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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You are exactly correct. I made the same comment last week. This is not a TSA problem. It's not an airline problem. It's a passenger problem. The TSA doen't care. The airlines certainly don't care. The only way to stop this crap is to boycott the airlines. All it would take would be several months of eliminated or reduced flight sales to get them to respond. Drive, take the train, take a bus, have your company put you on a charter flight...anything but a commercial flight.

June 18 2011 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can thank deregulation which has changed the airline industry gradually for the last 30 years. Europe and Asia have deregulated their airlines as well in recent years. The benefit of deregulation has been CHEAP airfares for most travelers. Airlines have costs to cover such as new regulations, aircraft, fuel and airport fees which continue to increase. Economics 101, a $300 airfare does not cover the expenses it once did, therefore costs have been controlled through employee wages, eliminating pensions, aircraft sizes, variable pricing of airfares and now fees for services. Please boycott, take the train, bus or other form of transportation. I have noticed train fares are higher and travel times are far longer without delays. Services were never free at airlines, the fares covered more expenses whether you used the services or not, much like people pay for public services even if they never have use for them. If you want better service, complain to your airline and tell them how much more you are willing to pay for the convenience of getting somewhere in a few hours when everything functions normal verses other modes of transportation. While the "Wall Street' perspective has some truth with airline revenues, it is a complex operation with numerous regulations and restrictions to comply with that are invisible to the average traveler. Getting one flight off the ground takes hours of preparation and coordination not to mention what it takes just to start a new airline. As for the computer glitch, welcome to the world of technology......what business does not get affected by computer glitches?

June 18 2011 at 6:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply