A nation-wide strike by the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Association caused slowdowns in most major U.
Two shots of O'Hare control tower
airport interior with passengers sitting, standing, strolling, and waiting in lines
more tower and planes
passenger debarking plane
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Background: A nation-wide strike by the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Association caused slowdowns in most major U.S. air travel centres within hours after the strike began. In Chicago...the canter of U.S. air travel, the delays reached up to an hour and half after three hours of the strike:
Between 20 and 50% of the controllers at the O'Hare and nearby Aurora control towers reported called in sick. The tower are being manned by remaining controllers and supervisory personnel.
Most of the major domestic airlines were reporting delays up to 1 1/2 hours on both departure and arrivals to and from all sections of the country. Airlines spokesmen say the number of passenger inconvenienced was reduce because the controllers announced their strike ahead of time...thereby allowing travellers to make their flight reservations for before the strike deadline. The volume of passenger traffic was a little heavier than usual on Tuesday (the day preceding the strike).
The International airlines in Chicago will be the last to feel the effects of the strike.,,their travel hours begin much later in the day than the domestic airlines. The peak international travel hours should begin as late as eight hours after the start of the strike.
The Federal Aviation Administration has promised that the strike will not be allowed to paralyse U.S. air travel.