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According to reports, thousands of United Airlines passengers were ‘Grounded’ all around the world Wednesday due to a computer glitch that reportedly halted all system operations.
About 3,000 flights are believed to have been affected
As reported by Reuters:
“All United Airlines flights were grounded for almost two hours early Wednesday due to a computer hardware problem, creating travel headaches for tens of thousands of passengers that stretched into the afternoon.“
The company released the following statement in response to the issue:
“We are restoring regular flight operations, but some customers may experience residual delays (Wednesday),”
According to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), all flights operated by the company were grounded starting at around 8am EDT after the airline experienced the system-wide ‘problem’.
“An issue with a (computer) router degraded network connectivity for various applications, causing this morning’s operational disruption,” United said in a statement.
“We fixed the router issue, which is enabling us to restore normal functions.”
Although it is not unusual for an airline to experience computer problems, it seems awfully suspicious that these problems would occur on the exact day the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) experienced computer problems which resulted in the shut-down of all stock trading.
As reported by the LA-times:
“United’s glitch occurred shortly before a technical issue caused a halt in trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Department of Homeland Security said there was no indication these incidents were related or were the result of a hack.”
Yet what is even more suspicious is that the NYSE would experience it’s ‘technical problem’ right behind the Greek Financial Crisis as well as the Market Crash in China.
However as of now, United Airlines has reportedly resumed it’s normal flight operations — but the coupling of these events have left many people wondering whether the incidents are somehow related.
What do you think?
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