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Jul 8, 2015 9:55 AM

Early United Continental flights grounded at MHT, across the country after glitch

NH1.com and the Associated Press

If you had an early flight on United from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Wednesday morning, chances are you saw you're flight get canceled.

All United Continental flights in the U.S. were grounded due to computer problems.

Flights were cleared to resume at about 10 a.m.

"We don't know everything behind this morning's issues yet, but today's incident underscores the sense that something is very wrong at United," said Gary Leff, co-founder of frequent-flier website MilePoint.

Joey Robillard, who was traveling from Boston to Los Angeles, was trying to head out on vacation after working a night shift.

“They could only tell us that the computer system went down, and that it was a national problem," he said. "I'm just thankful Boston Logan has clean floors.”

United said Wednesday that the problems were related to "network connectivity."

It is the second time in two months that the carrier has been hit by major technical issues.

The Chicago company had halted all takeoffs in the U.S. on June 2 due to what the airline described as computer automation issues.

The Federal Aviation Administration used the same language in its notice about the outage Wednesday.

United suffered a series of computer problems in 2012 after switching to a passenger information computer system previously used by merger partner Continental Airlines.

In each case, hundreds of flights were delayed.

A number of high-paying business travelers defected to other airlines and revenue dropped.

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