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American Airlines fixes computers, delays go on

  • Passengers gather at the American Airlines check-in for flights at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Computer problems forced American Airlines to ground flights across the country Tuesday after the airline was unable to check passengers in and book passengers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Passengers gather at the American Airlines check-in for flights at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Computer problems forced American Airlines to ground flights across the country Tuesday after the airline was unable to check passengers in and book passengers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

  • Passengers gather at the American Airlines check-in for flights at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Computer problems forced American Airlines to ground flights across the country Tuesday after the airline was unable to check passengers in and book passengers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Passengers gather at the American Airlines check-in for flights at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Computer problems forced American Airlines to ground flights across the country Tuesday after the airline was unable to check passengers in and book passengers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

  • Sulien Brezzo, from France, waits in line to rebook her flight to New York at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She had already stood in line for two hours and still had a long wait until she got to the ticket counter. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Sulien Brezzo, from France, waits in line to rebook her flight to New York at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She had already stood in line for two hours and still had a long wait until she got to the ticket counter. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Sulien Brezzo, from France, waits in line to rebook her flight to New York at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She had already stood in line for two hours and still had a long wait until she got to the ticket counter. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Sulien Brezzo, from France, waits in line to rebook her flight to New York at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She had already stood in line for two hours and still had a long wait until she got to the ticket counter. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • In this cell phone image, passengers are lined up at the American Airlines ticket counters at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place.  (AP Photo/Bob Brant)

    In this cell phone image, passengers are lined up at the American Airlines ticket counters at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place. (AP Photo/Bob Brant)

  • In this cell phone image, passengers are lined up at the American Airlines ticket counters at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place.  (AP Photo/Bob Brant)

    In this cell phone image, passengers are lined up at the American Airlines ticket counters at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place. (AP Photo/Bob Brant)

  • An unidentified passenger checks the flight information board at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    An unidentified passenger checks the flight information board at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • An unidentified passenger checks the flight information board at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    An unidentified passenger checks the flight information board at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Police officers guard an empty check-in area at the American Airlines section of the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.  American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Police officers guard an empty check-in area at the American Airlines section of the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Police officers guard an empty check-in area at the American Airlines section of the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.  American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Police officers guard an empty check-in area at the American Airlines section of the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Passengers gather at the American Airlines check-in for flights at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Computer problems forced American Airlines to ground flights across the country Tuesday after the airline was unable to check passengers in and book passengers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
  • Passengers gather at the American Airlines check-in for flights at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Computer problems forced American Airlines to ground flights across the country Tuesday after the airline was unable to check passengers in and book passengers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
  • Sulien Brezzo, from France, waits in line to rebook her flight to New York at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She had already stood in line for two hours and still had a long wait until she got to the ticket counter. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
  • Sulien Brezzo, from France, waits in line to rebook her flight to New York at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She had already stood in line for two hours and still had a long wait until she got to the ticket counter. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
  • In this cell phone image, passengers are lined up at the American Airlines ticket counters at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place.  (AP Photo/Bob Brant)
  • In this cell phone image, passengers are lined up at the American Airlines ticket counters at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. Roughly 900 flights are directly impacted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with another 800 indirectly impacted due to planes and crew being out of place.  (AP Photo/Bob Brant)
  • An unidentified passenger checks the flight information board at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
  • An unidentified passenger checks the flight information board at the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
  • Police officers guard an empty check-in area at the American Airlines section of the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.  American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
  • Police officers guard an empty check-in area at the American Airlines section of the Miami International Airport, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.  American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled. But the airline expects to see flight delays and cancellations throughout the rest of the day.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

American Airlines grounded all flights across the United States for several hours yesterday after a key computer system crashed, causing thousands of passengers to be stranded at airports and on planes.

Flights in the air were allowed to continue to their destinations, but planes on the ground could not take off.

The airline blamed its computerized reservation system, which is used for much more than booking flights. Airlines use such systems to track passengers and bags, monitor who has boarded a plane, and to update flight schedules and gate assignments and file flight plans. The failure caused cascading delays and cancellations nationwide.

As of mid-afternoon, American and its American Eagle offshoot canceled more than 700 flights and an additional 765 flights were delayed, according to tracking service FlightAware.

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