FAA chief orders review of security practices, contingency plans, after Chicago aviation snarl

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The head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday he has ordered a 30-day review of the agency's security practices and how it deals with unexpected incidents such as last week's fire at a Chicago-area air traffic facility that disrupted air travel.

The fire brought flights at the city's two busy airports to a halt and affected air service across the country. Authorities say it was set by a contract employee who also tried to commit suicide.

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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said he has asked the team of FAA employees and labor union representatives conducting the 30-day review to "think as creatively as possible."

He said service at O'Hare airport is back to 60 percent of normal and Midway airport is operating at 75 percent of normal.