Obama TFR to choke Chicago airports

 - February 27, 2009, 9:10 AM

The FAA has released details of how general aviation traffic will be severely constrained when President Obama stays at his Chicago home. Operators wishing to fly to Midway Airport will have to obtain a TSA special events waiver and undergo TSA security screening at gateway airports Rockford International, Greater Peoria Regional or South Bend Regional before continuing to Midway. Operators already approved under the TSA’s DCA Access Standard Security Program may use that program’s gateway airports and fly directly to Midway. While general aviation aircraft are restricted during presidential visits to Chicago, there are no similar restrictions on airline operations. See the NBAA Web site for more information at www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/regional/midwest/chicago-presidential-tfr.php.