May 30th, 2010
11:45 PM ET

Airspace violated over Obama's Chicago home

The North American Air Defense Command scrambled a pair of F-16 fighter jets Sunday afternoon over Chicago when a Cessna 150 aircraft violated a temporary restricted flight zone near the residence of President Obama.

The aircraft was intercepted and instructed to land at Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois, where it was met by local authorities, Maj. Mike Humphrey of NORAD said.  No other details were immediately available.

Romeoville is located about 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. The temporary restricted flight area is a standard procedure whenever the president is in an area.  The first family is in Chicago for the Memorial Day
weekend. The Obamas are scheduled to return to Washington on Monday evening.

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  1. Get Involved, Make a Positive Difference - Yeah, YOU!

    Begin with your family – do you make it better, worse or just don't really participate all that much? Then do the same assesment with your neighborhood, your town and your county. Believe me, when you look for something that needs doing, or could be cleaned up or done better, you won't have time to sit at a computer leaving comments that do NOTHING. Just DO something. You'll feel better, less frustrated, you won't have time to blame others or contribute to all the hatred out there and you will actually be changing the world.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |

      I feel like American Citizens should be obligated to volunteer of some sort or face a fine, it is our responsibility, kinda like jury duty

      May 31, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |

    True, I didn't vote for Bush and even though ( in my opinion ) he set OUR country back at least 10-15 years I would still never disrespect THE PRESIDENT OF OUR GREAT NATION.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. mmi16

    Must have been a Taliban B-52

    May 31, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chuck Yeager

    They have so much of our airspace tied up with these restrictions that it is getting hard to get around anymore. Not so surprising to violate a TFR area, with the onerous restriction of freedoms the government has brought upon us.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedtoy

      "They have so much of our airspace tied up with these restrictions that it is getting hard to get around anymore. Not so surprising to violate a TFR area, with the onerous restriction of freedoms the government has brought upon us."
      Yer not a pilot either..are you?

      Tell us how its 'hard to get around' up in the air, exactly?

      Bout the only airspace you cant fly through, is Prohibited & TFR airspace below 18,000'. Above that it's all IFR, and a moot point. Id say, that these spaces are very very few and far between and even in large patches in the desert dont need to be near anyhow, no good routes to use.

      Restricted Space: Look it up on your chart, dial up the controlling auth, and state intentions, no probs. You may get re-routed, but you can assert "unable" and continue.

      Warning Areas: Look it up on your chart, dial up the controlling auth, and state intentions, no probs. You may get re-routed, but you can assert "unable" and continue.

      MOA's: Keep eyes out, contact your FSS for an big deal.

      So..what freedoms have you lost, exactly? And no, you're not allowed to make up freedoms that dont exist. This is an adult conversation. And it is surprising to violate a TFR, its rare, and generally weeds out the people that dont plan..which in itself, is a safety issue in the sky. We should all learn from that as pilots and strive to do better.

      May 31, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • TellMenolies

      What onerous restrictions of freedom are you speaking of ? I haven't noticed any restriction to my freedom....Stop drinking the kool aid of faux news.....

      May 31, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedtoy, Thank you. Chuck: Your Total BS is irrelevant

      Thanks, Speedtoy. I always appreciate someone with knowledge obliterating the F-O-S (That would be you, Chuck).

      May 31, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. anonymous

    if an airspace was temporary restricted, i am sure whomever that pilot was did not know. how many people in the us knew obama was heading home for memorial day weekend? umm... not many! even cnn, msn, nbc, cbs, fox did not mention it. so how would anyone know.

    at least the obamas can enjoy their vacation at the expense of the american taxpayers! one day... congress must pass a law demanding the president, vp, and all congressional members to pay for their own security personnels, trips, and vacations. it is not the responsibility of the taxpayers to pay the obamas to fly home on airforce one.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • TellMenolies

      The President is a human being who has one of the most stressful jobs in the world and the truth is that no matter where he goes he is always the President, and he must deal with what ever issues come up while he is on vacation....he never gets to totally leave his job behind for a little R&R, like the rest of,yes, we should be supplying him with security 24/7....

      May 31, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sure anonymous, that's smart!

      It would be smashingly brilliant to notify all the news outlets of the President and First Family's travel plans. Duh.
      Sure, protecting the leader of a nation who has dedicated his time, family and privacy to the demands of an office that runs 24/7, should be added to his/her personal expenses! You sound like you think the Chief Executive Officer of the largest country in the world is the local manager of a department store who is getting the company to pay for his lunch. What planet do you live on, again?

      May 31, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedtoy

      "if an airspace was temporary restricted, i am sure whomever that pilot was did not know."
      Another non pilot breaks the silence.

      Thanks for playing.

      May 31, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedtoy

      "it is not the responsibility of the taxpayers to pay the obamas to fly home on airforce one."
      Actually, it -is-.

      Its the law.

      May 31, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. willie12345

    Big Deal. Who cares? Too bad the Cessna didn't flush it's toilet over Obama's house. This jerk isn't my president, he's Nancy Pelosi's love child after an affair with Charlie Rangel,, I've heard.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • congratulations You win the LOWEST & CRUDEST Award!

      Way to go. You proud of yourself?

      May 31, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike in Texas

      So are you denouncing your citizenship Willie?

      May 31, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedtoy

      He wont do that..he'd have to give up his free social ride and actually have to work somewhere else, for much less, receiving much less.

      May 31, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Bravo

      He should be proud...that was the best comment on the board so far!

      May 31, 2010 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. DaveLA

    Regarding several comments that Obama should be in Louisiana "managing the situation". BP has basically admitted they have no idea how to stop the leak, and that they may not be able to do anything about the leak until August (!) Obama is not a petroleum engineer, BP doesn't need his help in Louisiana. I don't know the answer. But I know what the answer is not – pointless symbolic visits by politicians who could be doing more real work back at their offices.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan Med

    What a joke. yet another proof they are far from having control over what they've been elected for.
    A51 is one of those things they don't control.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. willie 12345, willie is slang for DICK, right?

    How can you be so nasty about someone with the hardest job in the world. Perverse, even.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Guy Kimble

    Is this article even worth writing? The guy flying wasn't even a terry so why such a fuss? We need to start worrying about how to get millions of gallons of oil out of our ocean and quit worrying about a small infraction. So the guy fly in the wrong area and he will get punished. What about the companies that allowed all this oil to gush into our ocean? How much jail time will they be looking at? Let's get on track and worry about real problems. One for example that our Congress is full of cheats and liars and need to be cleaned out of office like the oil in the ocean. Ethics is the problem.. If someone thought " Yeah! I need to make sure I'm looking out for this country instead of myself." Then maybe we would not have big companies running our goverment. Our goverment better wake up! The time for games and short sighted personal goals are over. The time for reform is now!

    May 31, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedtoy

      "Is this article even worth writing"
      All news is worth writing.

      Now..those who choose to ignore and filter what news should be called THATS where things written arent worth reading at all.

      May 31, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. SmackedBottom

    Too bad they couldn't get fighter jets in the air that fast on 9/11

    May 31, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tucson001

    I would crap my pants if I were flying a Cessna and all the sudden I have two f-16s on my tail

    May 31, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ken Lane

    I have no respect for Obama but that has nothing to do this TFR. When you're president, you can travel most anywhere. Along with that, comes a severe restriction of liberty on the rest of the public, particularly general aviation.

    I was opposed to this when Bush was in office and I still am. It's a royal pain in the ass when I cannot fly with a student and earn my income because the president has this flipping TFR established. Imagine how much money this has cost flight schools and instructors everywhere he travels? It will cost the average, small flight school about $2500 per day for every day the TFR is in effect.

    I say, let the president keep his ass in DC. Life is hell on those around there since the SFRA was established. Don't bring misery on the rest of the nation's flight schools and instructors missing out on income.

    May 31, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedtoy

      I'll agree its a pain, but its part of the world we live in. Without these restrictions, history has proven that bad people will do bad things.

      You're not starving, missing a week's worth of fact, this is a teachable moment!!! Look what kinda idiots dont do flight planning, dont know where in the hell they are in relation to a TFR or Prohibited airspace. You want your local FSDO calling you up someday asking if YOU went over these simple rules? Of course you dont.

      You could still be doing solid ground school discussions on this, and many other topic required in your Part61 or 141 training. Its a prime time, being UNDER a TFR, to be drilling your students on airspace oddities. so much lost, that you should not be able to capitalise on anyhow, wouldnt you partially agree?

      The safety of our Government, sorta trumps your students for a few days.

      May 31, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ken Lane

    I was just noticing... The number of schools and flight instructors this affects is no small number, not to mention how many students are not able to fly. Throw in the certificated pilots who would simply like to enjoy a nice flight around the area. This is pathetic. You can see all the airports affected by this.

    May 31, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jack


    People are sick of the laws that congress passes and they and the president don't think they have to live by them. I hope you like your new health care because the president and congress are exempt!

    May 31, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedtoy

      So..whos fault is it that a HUGE amount of eligible voters, refuse to participate and change how laws are created?

      Ya...thats right.

      We've got the government that 60% of us showed up to vote for.

      May 31, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
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