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Anti-terror units eye missile peril to jets over city

Anti-terrorism agents are being sent to Chicago and airports in about 80 other cities to gauge the vulnerability of low-flying passenger planes to the threat of shoulder-fired missiles, FBI and Chicago officials said Monday. The need to safeguard aircraft goes well beyond the boundaries of O’Hare International Airport. Protecting flights that approach and depart O’Hare and travel over forest preserves, lakes and remote but easily accessible locations–including cemeteries–is the main focus of the federal task force here. As part of their assessment, officials also will seek to tighten access to high-rise offices near O’Hare, including buildings along the Tri-State Tollway, to prevent the possibility of rooftop attacks. The agents will begin their work around O’Hare this week, sources said. Chicago officials, worried that aircraft could be targeted by portable heat-seeking missiles while flying over downtown, have asked that Midway Airport and Meigs Field be included in the security review. Full Story

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