The Mormon church has ordered its 60,000 missionaries not to fly the week surrounding New Year's Eve because of possible Y2K computer glitches.
The order also grounds church leaders and employees, including professors at Brigham Young University, from midnight Dec. 30 through midnight Jan. 5, church spokesman Dale Bills said.
"People are waiting to see what happens and that the world is still going," said John Rasmussen, chief financial officer for Murdock Travel, which handles the church's travel arrangements.
The church isn't the only group canceling New Year's trips.
At least three high school bands will miss planned appearances in the Fiesta Bowl parade Dec. 31 in Phoenix because of Y2K concerns, Fiesta Bowl spokeswoman Jennifer Ziegler said.
Some parents are worried that the students could be stranded or worse when computer clocks switch to 2000. The fear is that computers will mistake the last two digits to mean 1900 and malfunction.
The three bands--from California, New York and Missouri--will be replaced by Phoenix area bands, Ziegler said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said last month there are no Y2K problems that should keep the major U.S. airlines from complying with safety standards on Jan. 1, though there have been concerns about international travel.