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Tips On Packing Lightly For Vacation

For the first-time traveler hoping to avoid baggage fees to the experienced globetrotter, the following 10 tips will help teach you how to pack more efficiently and maybe even more safely.

02/25/2014

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Fire Alarm At Radar Facility Delays Flights At O’Hare, Midway

Several flights at O’Hare and Midway airports were delayed Monday morning, after a fire alarm prompted the evacuation of an FAA radar facility in Elgin.

07/01/2013

O'Hare International Airport

Planes Clip Wings At O’Hare

No one was injured Wednesday night when a passenger jet with 284 people aboard and a cargo plane clipped the tips of their wings as they taxied past each other at O’Hare International Airport.

05/02/2013

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First Boeing 787 Makes Flight Since Grounding Over Battery Problems

A Boeing 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines flew from Ethiopia to Kenya’s capital Saturday, the first commercial flight since air safety authorities grounded the Dreamliners after incidents with smoldering batteries on two different planes in January.

04/27/2013

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Lipinski Questions Possible Overnight Closure Of Midway Tower

Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) has written to the Federal Aviation Administration, questioning why Midway International Airport has been placed on a list of 72 airports where air traffic control towers could be closed overnight.

WBBM Newsradio–04/09/2013

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FAA Approves Boeing Plan To Fix 787′s Batteries

A Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner’s fire-plagued lithium-ion batteries won approval Tuesday from the Federal Aviation Administration, moving the cutting-edge planes a step closer to flying passengers again.

03/13/2013

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No Deal To Delay Sequestration Cuts, Illinois Could Be Hit Hard

With no deal in sight to avoid $85 billion in automatic federal budget cuts – known as the sequester – airports could see delays, some public services might be disrupted, and many federal workers could be forced to take lower pay, layoffs, or mandatory furloughs.

03/01/2013

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FAA Grounds Boeing 787 Dreamliners Over Battery Fire Risk

The federal government grounded Boeing’s newest and most technologically advanced jetliner Wednesday, declaring that U.S. airlines cannot fly the 787 again until the risk of battery fires is addressed.

01/16/2013

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Plane With Ties To Illinois Crashes Near Milwaukee, 2 Dead

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says a single-engine Grumman AA1 crashed while trying to land just before 1:30 p.m. Sunday. He says local authorities told the FAA both people on board died.

11/18/2012

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Small Plane Skids Onto Interstate Near Racine, Wisc.

A small plane “landed” on Interstate 94 Monday night outside Racine, Wis., the Federal Aviation Administration said.

10/22/2012

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New Restrictions For All Flights After Near-Mishap In Washington

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued new restrictions on takeoffs and landings across the country, after three planes came dangerously close together in Washington, D.C.

CBS Chicago–08/08/2012

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Low-Flying Plane Near Willis Tower Gives Downtown Workers A Scare

Something that happened over downtown Chicago Thursday morning is confirmation that the fear of another 9/11 is never far from people’s minds.

WBBM Newsradio–02/09/2012

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Aurora Crews Work To Clean Up Diesel Spill In Fox River

Cleanup continues in Aurora Thursday, following a diesel fuel spill in the Fox River.

CBS Chicago–12/29/2011

Continental Flight

Terror-Filled Flight To Chicago Diverted To St. Louis

A flight from Houston to Chicago was diverted to St. Louis on Sunday after an unruly passenger tried to open a plane door during the flight.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2011

Dead Man Switch

A ‘Dead Man Switch’ For Air Traffic Controllers

The nation’s railroads have used something called a “dead man switch” as a crucial safety device. Now there are calls for something similar in airport traffic control towers.

CBS 2–04/27/2011

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First Lady Safe After Runway Incident

The Federal Aviation Administration says it was investigating an incident involving an Air National Guard plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama.

CBS 2–04/19/2011

O'Hare International Airport

Report: Near-Crashes On O’Hare Runways

A new report by the Federal Aviation Administration says O’Hare International Airport has had several close calls that could have resulted in fatal air crashes.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2011

O'Hare International Airport

Report: Air Traffic Control Mistakes Way Up At O’Hare

Mistakes are increasing among air traffic controllers at O’Hare International Airport, according to new data.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2011

O'Hare International Airport

United Temporarily Grounds 96 757 Aircraft

“Your flight is delayed for a safety check,” is not exactly a comforting one to hear as you’re getting on the plane, but that’s exactly what happened for some United passengers.

02/15/2011

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Lasers Pointed At Aircraft A Growing Problem

Lasers are being pointed at aircraft cockpits in the United States at a record number, and last year, O’Hare International Airport had the second highest number of incidents.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2011

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