Update 4:22 p.m. American Airlines said it has re-started flights out of its hubs and overseas. The airline said there will be a small number of cancellations on Wednesday. None of the cancellations will occur at Southern California airports, said spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan.
"We should be operating normally tomorrow morning," Fagan said.
American also said in a statement that it will add flights "as needed" on Wednesday "to ensure our customers are able to continue their travels." The statement didn't indicate where American plans to add flights.
Update 1:30 p.m. American Airlines said its computer systems are restored, but expect delays and cancellations of flights for the rest of the day.
Our systems have been fully restored, however we expect continued delays & cancellations. More details: on.fb.me/XPTaiC— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) April 16, 2013
American Airlines flights across the country are grounded because of computer problems.
American asked the Federal Aviation Administration to halt its flights until 2 p.m. Pacific time. Flights on regional affiliate American Eagle heading to Dallas, Chicago or New York's LaGuardia Airport have been stopped until 12:30 p.m. Pacific time.
Some passengers were stuck at the airport while others couldn't make reservations. In Southern California, at least three flights out of LAX were cancelled and at least seven flights were cancelled at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
Passengers are using social media to flood the airline with complaints, including those who tweeted us @KPCC to share what was happening.
@kpcc after sitting on plane for 2 hours my 9:05am flight from Tucson to DFW now boarding. Fingers crossed we depart & catch connects!— Jenna Loyd (@mobilarchiva) April 16, 2013
American Airlines spokesman Kent Powell said Tuesday that the airline is trying to resolve the issues as quickly as it can. The airline said impacted passengers can change their flight at no charge or get a full refund.
The airline said it does not believe the technical outage is related to the explosions during the Boston Marathon on Monday.
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