When a flying saucer briefly checked out Chicago’s O’Hare International last November one air traffic controller said he thought “it’s a shame something flew seven-million miles only to turn around because it was not assigned a gate.”
Witty, perhaps, but then the controller had a couple of months to think of it.  At the time, the rejected UFO was not reported by airport staff or the FAA.  When a reporter eventually asked about it, staff and the FAA denied the incident happened.  It was only after the reporter made a request under the Freedom of Information Act in January that authorities admitted something had been seen, but dismissed the event as an unusual weather condition.
It’s amazing how often such “unusual” weather conditions occur.  According to the FAA they’re seen about as frequently as weather balloons, meteorites, and the planet Venus.  The FAA even says pilots with many years experience flying jetliners around the world mistakenly report these conditions and objects as “unidentified flying objects.” 

No wonder I never feel really safe in a jetliner.  Knowing the pilot might not recognize a bright light as Venus makes you doubt he or she can find the way to a neighboring city, let alone another continent.

While the “official” line is to ignore, dismiss, and ridicule UFO reports, people do see strange objects every day.  Some of these people are, shall we say, “fringe players”, but many are well-qualified observers, including pilots, and most are sensible, reasonable people who simply report what they see.

I’m not the one to judge which category I belong to, but I’ve seen objects and lights, and heard stories from other people about similar sightings, which defy FAA explanation.  The most credible stories are told by people not seeking publicity or hoping to sell their tale to the sensational tabloids.

One story I heard in the Arctic describes an experience Inuit hunters had more than a century ago.  The hunters told of two enormous white balls landing on the ice.  Small figures emerged from both and then gathered around one of the balls.  Eventually the figures went back into the balls and they disappeared into the sky.

Another story I heard in the North, this time from a priest, was about how the mission’s generator kept dying and inexplicably restarting one night.  Then an elderly man came into the mission holding his arms wide to indicate the size of “the big moon, really big,”  he’d seen in the sky over the mission.  The priest told me there was no moon that night, and anyway the sky was cloudy.

A technician at a remote northern radar site told me staff would often hear noise like a freight train, but whenever they went outside the noise stopped and they saw nothing.  He said he’d once seen a bright light in the sky to the left of an antenna.  He later noticed the light was on the right of the antenna, but thought nothing of it; the sky, after all, changes over time.  But when he looked out of the same window later that night the light was back on the left of the antenna.

Isn’t it comforting to know the FAA would be able to explain these experiences? 

Or should O’Hare keep a few gates reserved for unexpected visitors?

 

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