Computer outage affects United Airlines flights

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CHICAGO (AP) -- United Airlines is reporting computer problems that are affecting flights nationwide.

On its Twitter page, United reported late Friday the computer outage was interrupting departures, airport processing and reservations. Attempts to access the airline's website are also being stymied.

United spokesman Charles Hobart says the computer problems started at about 7:15 p.m. He did not give details on the nature of the problem.

As a result of the outage, long lines of passengers formed at check-in counters at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, one of United's largest hubs.

Hobart said the airline is apologizing to travelers affected and is seeking to resume operations as quickly as possible.