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In an update to the story below, NBC News confirms that United Flights are no longer grounded, however significant delays remain.  To read the updated story, click here.

ORIGINAL STORY

Reprinted from NBC News.  By , and

United Airlines instituted a worldwide ground stop Wednesday morning after its computer system suffered a technical glitch, causing a ripple effect of heavy delays throughout major airports.

About 3,500 flights were being affected. The ripple effect of delays could reach 235 domestic and 138 international destinations.

“We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning,” United confirmed in a statement after 9 a.m. “We are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.”

The Federal Aviation Administration specifically blamed the ground stop on “automation issues.”

Passengers at airports in Washington, D.C., Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Florida also complained of system backups.

NBC Connecticut said United passengers without a hard copy of their boarding pass were not being allowed to check in at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, north of Hartford.

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