American Airlines grounds all flights on computer glitch

A reservation system problem has been blamed

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American Airlines grounded all its flights across the U.S. on Tuesday after an unidentified computer problem hit its reservation system.

"We are now in a system-wide ground delay until 4:00pm CT as we work to resolve this issue. We apologize for any inconvenience," the airline said in a message on Twitter.

It had earlier confirmed the problem was with a reservation system, but more details were not immediately available.

The airline first posted that its system was offline shortly after 11 a.m. Central Time (16:00 GMT).

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com

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