Strange odor slows Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to a crawl

At least 100 flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were delayed Thursday after some employees were evacuated from an air traffic control facility due to a strange odor, according to reports.

“We are continuing to provide air traffic services at a slightly reduced rate as we rotate personnel in and out of the building,” FAA spokeswoman Lynn Lunsford told NBC-DFW. “Air purifiers and fans are being used to circulate fresh air throughout the building.”

The cause of the smell has not been determined.

The Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center is near the construction of the new American Airlines headquarters where there are several ongoing construction projects.

According to the FAA website, flights arriving at DFW were being delayed an average of about an hour.

The agency wasn’t saying when it expected staffing at the control center to return to normal at the aiport, a major hub for American Airlines and its American Eagle regional affiliate.

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