Y2K bug strikes airports

 

Stockholm - Police at three Swedish airports got a foretaste of the much-feared Year 2000 bug yesterday. Their computers malfunctioned at the stroke of midnight.

The bug hit police offices at airports which issue immediate, temporary passports to last-minute or forgetful travellers. Apparently, the fault was caused by the use of 99 in some programmes as a code to mean "end of run" or "end of file."