United Airlines Computer Glitch Strands Thousands

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A United Airlines "network connectivity" problem created widespread cancellations on Friday night that has now affected thousands for the weekend.

A United Airlines "network connectivity" problem created widespread cancellations on Friday night that has now affected thousands for the weekend.

Flights resumed on Saturday, but the airline said delays could persist throughout the weekend.


Airline analyst Robert Mann told the Associated Press: "There's literally nowhere to put them. There are already very few empty seats on the flights that operate."

The outage started about 7:15 p.m. Central time on Friday and lasted for about five hours. Lines grew at airports in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago. Many of those stranded ended up spending the night in the airport.

Herewith are a collection of photographs from around the nation on Friday and Saturday.

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Passenger Zachary Smith rests after abandoning his place in the ticketing line Friday, June 17, 2011 at San Francisco International Airport.

K.C. Collins her brother Taylor Collins and their dog Daisy along with hundreds of United Airlines passengers stranded for over three hours at Los Angeles International Airport wait inside the airline's terminal for the computer system to come back up on June 17, 2011.

The electronic board at La Guardia Airport in New York indicates delays and canceled flights.

Hundreds of United Airlines passengers stranded at Los Angeles International Airport wait for the computer system to come back up on June 17.

Stranded passenger Rumi Harberts, of Amsterdam, waits at the ticket counter at Denver International Airport Friday, June 17, 2011, in Denver.

Los Angeles International Airport police patrol outside the United Airlines terminal.

Passengers wait at the United Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, June 17, 2011.

An empty passenger ticket counter is shown at Denver International Airport Friday, June 17, 2011, in Denver.

Passengers Fritha Davis, sitting on suitcases, and her mother Pippa Davis, behind, wait to be ticketed by the airline on Friday, June 17, 2011 at San Francisco International Airport. Pippa and daughter Davis are traveling from earthquake ravaged Christchurch, New Zealand to Chicago.

Planes line the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport shortly after midnight on Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Stranded passengers spend the night at La Guardia Airport in New York.

Ninas Whitford, from Ottawa, Ont. Canada, talks with a representative after she and her husband were stranded trying to travel from Minneapolis, Minn., to Ottawa by a computer crash at O'Hare International Airport Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Chicago.

Stranded passengers spend the night at La Guardia Airport in New York early Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Stranded passengers sleep on cots in Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport early Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Chicago.

Passengers sleep at San Francisco International Airport early Saturday June 18, 2011.

A stranded passenger sleeps in Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Chicago.

Passenger Hazel Rimler waits at the ticket counter of Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., Saturday, June 18, 2011. Rimler said she has been waiting for her flight to Orlando, Fla., since 8:45 p.m. EDT Friday, June 17.

Passengers wait for ground transportation outside early Saturday, June 18, 2011 at La Guardia Airport in New York.

A stranded passenger sits with his bags in Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport early Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Chicago.

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