Like French cooking, French architecture, and French surrendering, Paris Orly Airport is steeped in tradition. Case in point: the airport was shut down recently because of its quarter-of-a-century-old computers. Unlike those other elements of French life, however, this was anything but "charming" for hopeful travelers.
Last Saturday, Orly closed its runways and redirected flights to nearby Paris Charles de Gaulle and Lyon because of a breakdown in one of its computer systems called "DECOR." This system is responsible for connecting air traffic control with Meteo France, which is essential to taking off when there's mist or fog around. Funny thing about "DECOR" is, just like the decor of the Palace of Versailles, it's really outdated. As in, it's still running on Windows 3.1 -- an operating system released in 1992.