The transportation sector is the linchpin for just-in-time inventory management across most every sector, from health care supplies to food. The Y2K readiness of this sector is critical to our global economy. Planes will not fall out of the sky, but disruption of flights and global trade between some areas and countries may occur.
On average, the nation's 670 domestic airports started Y2K compliance too late. The Federal Aviation Agency has made great strides in the past year, but remains at risk. The situation with international air traffic control and airports is much more severe. The maritime shipping industry has not moved aggressively toward compliance. Public transit could be seriously disrupted.
Read the committee report's section on government's preparations for the year 2000. (Editor's note: the committee's report is in the Portable Document Format (PDF). Click here to obtain an Adobe Acrobat reader to view this file.