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American cancels all US flights for several hours

April 16, 2013 • Business


Sulien Brezzo, from France, waits in line to rebook her flight to New York at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She had already stood in line for two hours and still had a long wait until she got to the ticket counter. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

DALLAS (AP) — A computer system used to run many daily operations at American Airlines failed Tuesday, forcing the nation’s third-largest carrier to ground all flights across the United States for several hours and stranding thousands of frustrated passengers at airports and on planes.

Flights already in the air were allowed to continue to their destinations, but planes on the ground from coast to coast could not take off. And travelers could do little to get back in the air until the computer system was restored.

American blamed its reservation system, which is used for much more than booking flights. Airlines commonly rely on such systems to track passengers and bags, Login to read more

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