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Our say: FAA and air travelers having a bad month

Our say: FAA and air travelers having a bad month

Let's look at the bright side of the event on Saturday that Twitter users have dubbed the "flypocalypse": At least it apparently wasn't caused by hackers, foreign or domestic. No, the Federal Aviation Administration managed all by itself to cause thousands of flight delays and hundreds of cancellations, effectively stalling air traffic for five hours at the three Washington-area airports — including BWI Thurgood Marshall — and creating a ripple of delays across the country. The culprit was a computer in Leesburg, Virginia — specifically the En Route Automation Modernization system, recently installed at FAA facilities, years behind schedule, to improve...

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