Even more compelling was the somewhat awkward control-tower chatter about a flying disc in the United Airlines terminal vicinity. Those conversations were recorded by the FAA and acquired through through FOIA. There were reportedly more than a dozen witnesses, of whom NARCAP managed to query eight, from airline pilots to ramp mechanics. Significantly, not a one would allow their names to become public.
The wall of anonymity appeared to crack this week, when an ostensible wrestling fan named Sam Peterson told his story to a goofy niche site called Ringside Report. Peterson identified himself as a 29-year-old former O’Hare custodian. He submitted his mug shot for publication, and declared he’d seen the whole thing. He described the UFO as “silver and enormous”, and claimed “it was just hovering over the planes that were grounded for minutes.” And then: “We had a mandatory meeting and were told that we were not allowed to speak with anyone and that included family and friends!” He stated that photos taken by a colleague were “seized by the goons that we met that day,” and that he, Peterson, was fired for speaking against the gag order.
Source: Herald Tribune