Sky-High Security for Obama Trip

Airspace restrictedfor president's weekend visit

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009  |  Updated 9:53 PM CDT
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Obama Presidency Affects Chicago Airspace

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The center of the restricted area will be near the lake shore on the South Side and will extend up to 30 nautical miles from that point, the FAA said. All airspace up to 18,000 feet above ground will be included in the restricted area.

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Monday that airspace over Chicago will be temporarily restricted from Friday through Monday.

The temporary flight restrictions coincide with will be President Barack Obama’s first visit to Chicago since his inauguration, Crain's Chicago Business reported.

The center of the restricted area will be near the lakeshore on the South Side and will extend up to 30 nautical miles from that point, the FAA said. All airspace up to 18,000 feet above ground will be included in the restricted area.

A representative for the FAA was not available for comment.

It was not clear how the temporary restrictions would impact commercial airlines flying in and out of O’Hare and Midway airports.

A spokeswoman for United Airlines, whose hub is at O’Hare, said she had not been made aware of any planned flight disruptions due to the FAA’s temporary restrictions.

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