If you're sitting in an American airport this morning, wondering why you're sitting there and not on a plane that was supposed to leave an hour ago, we have an explanation for you. There seems to be a glitch in the FAA's flight plan computer system today, and it's causing delays and cancellations nationwide. If they won't open the bars yet, we think you at least deserve a conciliatory Cinnabon. (Thanks Sparky!)
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.