Friday opened with breaking news for people at at ONA14 — a fire at a regional FAA radar center caused widespread cancellation of flights, forcing conference organizers to start considering alternate plans in case stranded presenters were unable to get to Chicago.
More than 1,200 flights were canceled and 200 delayed, after a fire at a Chicago-area air traffic control center that led to hundreds of flight cancellations at both O’Hare and Midway international airports, according to FlightAware.com. The travel disruption caused some ONA14 panelists to miss their sessions and delayed a Friday keynote speaker. (Story: Airport shutdowns impact ONA travelers)
Learning opportunities abounded Friday at ONA14, not all scheduled. In workshops and on field trips, older journalists took advantage of their proximity to a younger generation to ask questions about how they get and share news. (Story: Millennials make their mark on the media)
The Midway continued to be a popular destination Friday.