May 18, 2011

United Airlines: Big Oops


United Airlines apologized Wednesday for briefly restarting use of flight numbers of two planes that crashed after being hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

Spokesman Rahsaan Johnson blamed the reuse of flight numbers 93 and 175 on a “technical error.” He said the airline has taken steps to have the numbers removed from its computers.

Coding to make those numbers unavailable should have been done shortly after they were manually removed, years ago.