LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Federal Aviation Administration officials Wednesday temporarily grounded all United Airlines flights due to an automation problem.
According to media relations for United Airlines, officials worked to fix a network connectivity issue in order to restore regular flight operations.
We experienced a network connectivity issue. We are working to resolve and apologize for any inconvenience.
— United (@united) July 8, 2015
Shortly after 6 a.m., huge crowds of passengers gathered outside the United terminal at Los Angeles International Airport as they awaited updates on flight information.
The Dalai Lama was also seen making his was into the airport from the tarmac outside the United terminal.
About an hour later, airport police posted on Twitter that the airline’s computer system was slowly restoring and boarding was expected to begin shortly.
Please be patient as United Airlines make preparations to begin boarding. Lines continue to be lone inside and out pic.twitter.com/Zc8NS43Zao
— LA Airport PD (@LAAirportPD) July 8, 2015
“We had about 10 flights that were delayed,” said Mary Grady, LAX spokesperson.
Delays are expected throughout the day.
Passengers are encouraged to print boarding passes at home, and to avoid checking baggage if possible to prevent delays while traveling.
Airport officials advised passengers to contact United directly for flight status updates.
United has provided an online waiver for customers who are able to change flight plans. To access the waiver, click here.