Excuses, excuses

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Anyone who works for a company large enough to employ a technical support staff knows that if something's not getting done, Y2K will take the rap. There are Y2K deadlines to meet and they take precedence over the smoke and sparks emanating from your PC.

So it's not surprising to hear that a couple of major U.S. airlines have been citing Y2K testing as the reason for delays on various flights. The only problem is that while the delays were real, Y2K had nothing to do with them.

Apparently ground crews have been using the millennium version of "My sister ate my homework," on inquisitive passengers. When one of the curious folk turned out to be employed by the FAA, the cover story was blown.

I'm not sure that I'm glad the airlines got caught. Better to think my flight has been delayed so that our skies might be safer come the millennium, than to know that some numbskull in first class boarded late at the other end. I just hope they're working on some new excuses for next year.

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