- Flights arriving into airports in New york city, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania were quickly suspended Saturday afternoon.
- A worker at an air traffic control service tower in Long Island, New York tested positive for coronavirus Saturday, according to the FAA. The tower closed briefly while it was disinfected.
- Flights have actually since resumed arriving at the affected airports.
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All flights bound for New York-area airports were quickly stopped Saturday after a staff member at a regional airport evaluated favorable for coronavirus.
An air traffic control service employee at an air traffic control tower in Long Island tested favorable Saturday for COVID-19, the coronavirus illness, the Federal Air Travel Administration (FAA) stated in a declaration.
Flights bound for airports throughout New york city, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania were briefly put on hold as federal officials worked to decontaminate the control tower.
The staff member who checked positive– an air traffic controller trainee at a center in Ronkonkoma, New York City– has actually not been at the center since March 17, according to the FAA. The FAA is working with regional health officials to sterilize and clean the affected areas.
Impacted airports consisted of Newark Liberty International Airport, Laguardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Philadelphia Internation Airport. Flights airborne during that time were diverted or returned to their initial destination.
The impacted airports began a “slow process” of resuming after an approximately 30- minute shutdown.
Flights around the United States have actually been postponed and canceled due to the FAA’s short shutdowns of traffic control facilites after employees evaluated favorable for coronavirus. The FAA temporarily closed Chicago’s Midway International Airport last week to enable the airport to disinfect a control tower where a worker had actually tested positive.