The FAA announced that the air traffic control tower at Chicago’s Midway Airport will temporarily close.This announcement came after several workers at the facility tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Tuesday. In a statement, the FAA said that while the airport will remain open, operations will continue at a reduced rate. According to the FAA, this shutdown is part of a “resilient system with multiple backups in place. This shift is a regular execution of a longstanding contingency plan to ensure continued operations. Each facility across the country has a similar plan that has been updated and tested in recent years.” (iStock)According to statement released by the FAA, “The air traffic control tower at Midway Airport is temporarily closing while we ensure a safe work environment for air traffic controllers and technicians. Earlier today, several technicians at the facility tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The airport remains open and operations will continue at a reduced rate until the situation is resolved.”US AIRPORTS SWAMPED AS CORONAVIRUS SCREENING STALLS RETURNS FROM EUROPEThe statement continued, explaining this shutdown is part of a “resilient system with multiple backups in place. This shift is a regular execution of a longstanding contingency plan to


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