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American Airlines flights resume after being grounded

Airline cites 'technical issues' as reason for delay


MIAMI – American Airlines flights at Miami International Airport have resumed after they were grounded for several hours Thursday.

Airport spokeswoman Susie Trutie said a computer glitch caused the delays, which lasted about two hours. Flights resumed about 1:30 p.m.

The airline's official Twitter account cited "technical issues" as the reason for the halted flights.

"We have resolved connectivity issues that led to a ground stop today at our Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami hubs," American Airlines Miami regional spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello said in a statement. "We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to get our customers on their way as soon as possible."

American Airlines had been replying to angry passengers with a standard Twitter reply: "We're working to resolve technical issues and apologize for the inconvenience."

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Trutie said 14 departures and two arrivals at Miami International Airport were affected.

The computer outage also affected airports in Chicago and Dallas.

"We're so spoiled because we're so used to the computers making our lives so easy and when they don't work then we can't handle it," Jeff Andrews, whose flight was delayed at MIA, said.

Miami International Airport is one of American's largest hubs and serves as a gateway to Latin American flights.

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