Disruptions in air travel will continue into Saturday after a fire in a FAA facility broke out Friday morning.
Nearly 1600 flights were cancelled Friday. Many airlines also had to cancel flights Saturday.
The madness began around 6 a.m. when a temporary ground stop was issued by the FAA because of a fire at its air traffic control center in Aurora.
Aurora officials confirm that the fire was deliberately started by a male employee, and this was not an act of terrorism. That man has since been charged.
Once air traffic resumed, airlines were running on a greatly reduced schedule.
It all created a domino effect in airports across the country.
Passengers were frustrated and stranded at both O’Hare and Midway.
Airlines encouraging passengers to check online for flight status before heading to the airport this weekend.
Many airlines are waiving rebooking fees and allowing tickets for today and tomorrow to be used within the year.