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A computer glitch grounds 4,900 flights

A computer glitch grounds 4,900 flights
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Bad news for anybody flying on United Airlines today. Around 4,900 flights were delayed by a router problem that caused "a network connectivity issue" that was able to derail the software that automates United's operations.

The problem began around 8:30 this morning (EST), grounding all flights across the entire country. The grounding was lifted around 9:45 EST.

While things began moving again, connections won't wait. And to make matters worse, there are reports that United employees have had to write paper tickets for affected passengers.

With an estimated 650,000 people scheduled to fly United today, the airline is waiving fees it normally charges for changing flights.

If you've got travel plans for later today, airline officials are urging you to get to the airport early. All of the delayed passengers mean long lines, more delays and more headaches.

Meanwhile, United's Twitter page is being flooded with angry passengers, lost luggage requests and lots of apologies. Click here to see United's Twitter page for the latest from the company.

What's alarming is that this isn't the only major glitch to take down a major network today. Early reports indicate that these two incidents aren't related, but the jury is still out. Click here to see how a glitch also halted the stock market today.

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