From May 19 to 21 during the NATO Summit in Chicago, a no-fly zone will be issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to protect dignitaries and world leaders attending the event. Whats more, the local CBS affiliate reports this also comes with a "shoot-to-kill mandate" for those who may fly into restricted airspace.
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This restriction includes areas within 10 nautical miles of downtown and flying below 18,000 feet. The Chicago Sun Times reports scheduled commercial and cargo planes, as well as "police, ambulance and military aircraft supporting the Secret Service" will be cleared within this zone. The Times reports an "outer ring" will also have restrictions. Here's more from the FAA advisory it obtained:
"The United States Government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft if it is determined that the aircraft poses an immediate security threat."
The Times notes this is not the first time flight restrictions have been imposed in the city. Small planes have been restricted from the airspace around President Barack Obama's South Side home when he is visiting.
Last month, low-flying military helicopters with men holding machine guns were spotted weaving in and out of downtown skyscrapers. It was speculated the military exercise was in practice for the NATO event but a press release warning downtown businesses and residents said it was part of a routine exercise. Even if this was not in preparation for the mid-May event that will bring in hundreds of world leaders, Occupy supporters have been preparing for protests, which the Blaze has reported some in the city have been warned about, some going as far to suggest they leave for fear of violence. The Blaze also reported on a leaked email from the Red Cross that shows the organization is preparing for violent protests.
[H/T Drudge Report]