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Flying through Chicago this week? I didn’t think so. Late last week, a surly contractor at a regional Illinois air traffic control center went off the rails and started his office on fire. Traffic to both O’Hare and Midway effectively ground to a halt, as flights started to cancel left and right.
As of today, 400 flights are already canceled. With hubs in Chicago, United, American and Southwest are being impacted the most, and delays and cancellations are rippling across the country as flights connecting through the city are also disrupted.
If you find yourself with a ticket through Chicago this week, a few tips. The airlines all have free waivers in place, so if you can route around the city, try building a different itinerary. If you do have to fly through the Windy City, stick to mainline flights, which have a lower probability of being canceled. Rule of thumb: the bigger the airplane the better.
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