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Hats off to LOT Polish Airlines for its decision not to fly on Dec. 31 this year, and a special award to the same carrier for talking turkey.

A spokesman for LOT made no bones about the reason for grounding its fleet on the last day of the century, stating quite simply that LOT's management doesn't want to create any Y2K problems that it doesn't have to.

LOT remains only the third carrier to bite the Y2K bullet -- Virgin Atlantic Airways and Vietnam Airlines also have canceled service for that night. Its decision stands in stark contrast to the powerhouse Western carriers who are determined during the turn of the millennium just to show the world that they have really good computers.

What other reason can there be? Demand for seats on New Year's is low and no matter how many people say their Y2K problems have all been addressed, the fact is that nobody knows, really knows for sure, what's in store that night.

Personally, I'd rather fly on an airline that's willing to sacrifice bragging rights in the interest of safety than on one whose main concern is proving that its clocks will all work on New Year's Eve.

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