by Joseph Weisenthal

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aviation, glitch

Yet Another Computer Glitch Cripples Air Travel

from the too-long-without-one-of-those dept

It was an all too familiar scene at Los Angeles International Airport this weekend, as a computer glitch temporarily left 20,000 passengers stranded. This summer has seen a bevy of glitches and delays, as the civil aviation infrastructure gets stretched to the breaking point. This time, the failure was not on the part of the airlines, but on the US Customs service, which prevented passengers from properly getting screened. Obviously, glitches are going to happen now and then, and so it's not a realistic solution to simply eliminate them. But seeing as every minor ripple ends up creating such a calamity, costing millions in lost time and profits, a greater emphasis needs to be placed on developing systems that fail gracefully.

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    Trevlac, 13 Aug 2007 @ 12:28pm

    Sure. You take measurements of the average profit made over 1 hour for several months (to get a nice balanced number). Average them and multiply that one hour's profit by the number of hours lost. There's your lost profit.

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