Winter weather, drone activity prompts travel delays in the East

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:30 AM PT — Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in the Chicago area, which has led to a travel nightmare at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport.

The chief cause is a winter storm carrying ice, snow, and freezing rain. The storm is raising concerns over slippery roadways and runways.

Airline passengers wait out a major snowstorm as flights were canceled or severely delayed at the Albany International Airport in Colonie, N.Y., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Meanwhile, a ground stop was declared at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey for an entirely unrelated reason — drone activity.

According to the spokesman of the Federal Aviation Administration, two drones were spotted about 3,500 feet above the airport, halting take-offs, and causing other planes to remain in the air.

At one point, a pilot claimed their plane missed one of the drones by as little as 30-feet.

Operations have since resumed, and the incident is being investigated by aviation officials.