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Recent travel issues and airline cancellations may have intensified this week as United Airlines canceled about 18 flights this week.

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Some of United’s aircraft were withdrawn from service when the carrier realized that some of its Boeing 777-200s had not passed their mandatory wing leading edge inspection.

The airline canceled flights Monday night and Tuesday morning and said it was trying to rebook stranded passengers.

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In all, the Federal Aviation Administration said United grounded 25 aircraft after discovering it had not checked the wingtip slats used during takeoff and landing.

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As of Tuesday evening, United said it had inspected 10 aircraft and was working with the FAA to get the rest back on the air within the next two weeks without causing additional flight cancellations.

This was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Earlier this year, United grounded its Boeing 777-200s after an in-flight Pratt & Whitney engine failure caused parts of the hull to fall in the Denver area.

United Airlines and American Airlines aircraft on the DC runway

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Travel issues have become a hallmark of post-pandemic flights.

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Flight delays are up 23% this year from pre-pandemic levels, according to FlightAware, with the average delay approaching an hour.

United Airlines plane

The cancellation rate increased by 26% compared to 2019. Almost as many people fly as before coronavirus pandemic but there are fewer planes in the air, which means it’s harder to book passengers on a new connecting flight.