Atlanta airport mess: How does this happen?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FAA rules require airports that handle scheduled commercial passenger flights to create an emergency plan that covers events such as structural fires and specifies which agencies handle crowd control.

"No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time", the company said. The airport's backup generators can power only one elevator per concourse.

"We certainly understand that the outage has caused frustration and anger and we are doing everything that we can to get folks back home right away", Reed said at a Sunday night news conference.

The city of Atlanta offered people who were stranded overnight the option to stay at the Georgia International Convention Center, where Chick-fil-A provided food.

The airport about 1:30 posted on Twitter that a power outage was affecting several areas, and that additional updates would come.

"They had these elderly people, handicapped people lined up in wheelchairs", stranded passenger Rutia Curry said.

Delta said in a statement that with a almost 80 percent share of passenger traffic at the airport, it was closely engaged in the recovery efforts mounted by the airport, the City of Atlanta and Georgia Power. "Four hours on the tarmac, coming from Louisville". Everything was at a standstill on Sunday about 1 p.m., the same time Williams had arrived. The pilot of her plane announced there was no power in the facility, but that it would be fixed shortly. Despite the circumstances, she said, order prevailed.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

But, this passenger said it was not as bad as he imagined. He said other people were not so lucky. "I'm amazed I've been able to sit here and not lose my mind". At one point, the crew said 92 planes were stuck on the tarmac, Klein said.

After the interview, LeBron said he walked across the street to a McDonald's restaurant that was out of food and packed with stranded travelers, many sleeping on the floors. Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said all airport operations were affected, and outgoing flights were halted. Customers are being offered re-bookings without fare differences, he said. The primary hub for Delta is in Atlanta, while United's is in Chicago and American's is in Dallas.

Things are running smoothly for the most part at the airport, but there were several canceled and delayed flights in Savannah Monday.

LeBron was changing planes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on his way home from Albuquerque, where the Colorado State University football team played in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl.

Sunday, the outage canceled seven arrival flights and three departures, but the airport doesn't have numbers yet on how many people were on those flights.

And meanwhile, until the FAA called for a ground stop at 3:28 p.m., planes kept landing.

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