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Ground stop lifted for United Airlines flights

Posted January 22

United Airlines says it is investigating after a vendor employee was found unharmed in an aircraft's cargo hold following a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Washington Dulles International Airport.

United Airlines grounded all domestic flights for several hours Sunday night because of a computer outage, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

International flights weren’t affected by the ground stop, which the FAA said was issued at the airline’s request.

The ground stop was initially scheduled to end at 8 p.m., but United tweeted at 8:06 p.m. that it was still “working on a resolution.” The ground stop was lifted just after 9 p.m.

U.S. officials said that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System was having issues with low bandwidth.

A spokeswoman with Raleigh-Durham International Airport said that everything was operating normally at the airport Sunday night and they had not experienced any issues with flights being grounded or sitting on the tarmac for extended periods of time.

The only delays reported at RDU were weather-related, the spokesperson said.

Many in other cities took to social media to complain about the delays.

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