After personally experiencing the Chicago O’Hare airport shutdown and flight cancellation nightmare – this couldn’t happen fast enough! As an emergency professional, I was amazed that the only contingency for the failure of communications equipment was to shut down the airspace and airports.
The FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta announced the agency is conducting a 30-day review of contingency plans and security protocols for its major facilities, after a criminal action by a contractor on Friday knocked out communications equipment at an FAA high-altitude air traffic facility in Aurora, IL.
“I do understand the traveling public’s frustrations with flight delays and cancellations,” Huerta said. “The air transportation system is vital to our economy and people rely on it to function 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I want to make sure that we have the most robust contingency plans possible.”