The Federal Aviation Administration will impose a “no-fly zone” over Chicago during the NATO Summit, and private-plane pilots will be intercepted and detained if they violate restrictions.
A Temporary Flight Restriction issued this week states the “no-fly” zone will be in place from May 19 to May 21 as part of NATO security measures. No plane will be allowed to fly within 10 nautical miles of downtown Chicago and not below 18,000 feet.
The flight restriction notice further states the government “may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft, if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat.”
The only planes allowed within the 10-mile “inner core” include regularly scheduled commercial passenger planes and approved law enforcement, air ambulance flights and military aircraft directly supporting the U.S. Secret Service. nbcchicago.com
Plans to keep residents and dignitaries safe during the NATO Summit include a no-fly zone, with a shoot-to-kill warning for those who break the ban. chicago.cbslocal.com
This no-fly zone is not new. It has been enforced in Chicago for presidential visits, and also after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because of terrorism-related concerns. cbslocal.com
Authorities say some NATO delegations might avoid O’Hare and Midway airports and fly to smaller airports in the area for security purposes – making them busier than usual. suntimes.com
Individuals arrested while protesting the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago could be bound for the suburbs, as the city is short on other options in the event of mass arrests when it hosts the meeting of world leaders.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart suggested that the Joliet Correctional Center, which has sat empty for roughly a decade, could be used to house those arrested for more serious offenses during the summit.