United Airlines: Computers coming back online

Stranded United Airlines passenger Rumi Harberts, of Amsterdam, waits at the United Airlines ticket counter at Denver International Airport Friday, June 17, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

June 21, 2011 1:53:41 PM PDT
United Airlines has announced to passengers in Denver that it's preparing to resume service following a computer crash that grounded flights nationwide.

Staff at Denver International Airport made the announcement on the loud speakers shortly after midnight local time, saying computers were slowly coming online. A flight to Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International Airport was being prepared for departure.

Thousands of flyers were stranded Friday night in airports across the country when the airline's computers crashed, interrupting departures and reservations and disrupting the airline's website.

The airline confirmed the problem on Twitter. United spokesman Charles Hobart said the computer problems started at about 7:15 p.m. CDT. He did not elaborate on the nature of the problem.