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How Business Continuity Planning Could have Prevented the Chicago Air Traffic Control Disruption

Written by  Brad Henske, MBCI, CBCP

If you’ve ever heard the adage “fail to plan, and you plan to fail,” then you have a rudimentary understanding of where the FAA failed in the air traffic control disruption experienced by Chicago airports. FAA officials should have planned for their systems to fail. Which means they have failed on both sides of the equation, because they failed to plan. On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, a contract employee walked into a Chicago-area Federal Aviation Administration facility and crippled national air travel with an act of sabotage. In the days and weeks that followed, thousands of flights were canceled and many more delayed at the two major airports serviced by this location, O’Hare International and Midway International. On the following Monday, the FAA projected to have full capacity restored to Chicago airports by Oct. 13, 2014.