The computer system glitch that left thousands of United Airlines passengers across the globe grounded today has been resolved but the incident is expected to cause a ripple effect of heavy delays throughout major airports. About 3,500 flights were affected and the airline is working to recover after the ground stop was lifted. Aviation experts said that delays of even 90 minutes could have a snowball effect triggering flight delays at each late flight’s destination. The delays could reach 235 domestic and 138 international destinations. “We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning,” United confirmed in a statement. “We are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.” Passengers at airports from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Washington, D.C., to Florida complained of system backups and long lines. Gate agents at some locations were forced to write tickets by hand.
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