The airspace over London could remain closed indefinitely, said the National Air Traffic Service (NATS), as the IT glitch causing its computers to fail can only be rectified by one of their Facebook friends providing them with a life. The problem is being blamed on new upgrades to the system.
NATS spokesman Michael Lovelace said: ‘Too many near misses and the programme locks you out. We either need 30,000 likes or one of the other NATS in Europe to send us a life. We’ve got our technicians updating Facebook and Twitter constantly in the hope we’ll reach the target by this evening.’
Stranded passengers have resigned themselves to a night of going nowhere. ‘It’s disgraceful,’ said one passenger, ‘All this chaos over a stupid computer problem. I initially thought a snowflake had landed on the runway.’