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Flummoxed by Feb. 29

The leap year was a problem for United's "Easy Check-in" system this morning

The leap year was a problem for United Airlines' "Easy Check-in" system this morning. The nation's No. 2 airline said the date fouled software that allows passengers to check in at airports, although online check-ins and traditional agent-assistance were not affected. The system was fixed at 10:55 a.m. CDT and was operating normally, said a spokeswoman for United parent UAL Corp. (UAUA).

A quick check of other big carriers found no similar snags. A Delta spokeswoman crowed that the airline's—and I quote—"top notch" technical crew reported no technical troubles because of Feb. 29. In an e-mail, American spokesman Tim Wagner said the company experienced "no issues whatsoever—operational, technical or otherwise."