A cold war U2 spy-plane managed to take out the computer systems of the world’s worst airport.
The U2 flew over Los Angeles airport and blew out the computers that run the California air traffic control centre. Officials used that as the excuse of the day to ground flights and make customers lives a misery.
In this case LA’s illness was extended to several airports in the Southwestern United States and ground planes bound for the region from other parts of the country.
The Bob Hope Airport (no really) in Burbank, California, John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas were among other facilities affected by the order to keep planes grounded.
Flights in other parts of the country that were bound for the wide swath of airspace in the Southwestern United States managed by the FAA’s Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Centre
Thousands of arriving and departing passengers at Los Angeles International Airport had their journeys slowed, although how any of them could tell the difference because regular passengers are used to being treated like crap at LA.
NBC, citing unnamed sources, reported a U2, a Cold War-era spy plane still in use by the US military, passed through air space monitored by the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Centre and appears to have overloaded a computer system at the centre.
The computers apparently had a problem working out that the U2 was flying at 60,000 feet and other airplanes passing through the region’s air space were miles below.
Officially, no one is saying anything about the problem. The only thing LA Airport is admitting is that there was a software issue that was corrected. This is a little strange given that the U2 has been in service for decades and we would have thought that the Air Traffic Control software would be able to cope with it. Of course, it is LA Airport so anything out of the ordinary results in delays, shutdowns and longer queues in poorly air-conditioned rooms in immigration.