FAA lifts brief nationwide ground stop for United Airlines

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A United Airlines plane takes off as the Air Force One planeas wing is seen at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, June 21, 2023.

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A brief nationwide ground stop for United Airlines flights was lifted Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

“Earlier today a software update caused a widespread slowdown in United’s technology systems,” United said in a statement.

“We briefly held aircraft at their origin airports and resumed normal operations around 12:45 p.m. CT.,” the airline said. Our teams are working hard to get our customers to their destination as quickly as possible. The ground stop was for a little more than an hour, and it did not affect any aircraft that were already on the air when it called. United is investigating the cause of the slowdown but does not believe it is a cybersecurity issue.

United’s stock price closed more than 2% lower Tuesday.