The country’s busiest airport, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, experienced a chaotic power outage that resulted in grounded flights and the stalling of departing flights Sunday afternoon at around 1 p.m.
The power outage comes just a week before the Christmas holiday, creating a nightmare scenario for holiday travelers.
Airport officials notified the public that the power outage has forced the Federal Aviation Administration to suspend outgoing flights and implement a “ground stop” for incoming flights. International flights will be rerouted to make their landings at other airports.
— CBP Southeast (@CBPSoutheast) December 17, 2017
Atlanta Airport tweeted that reports the outage was caused by a construction crew which cut a power line was “NOT confirmed,” adding: “We are working with @GeorgiaPower to identify and fix ASAP.”
— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) December 17, 2017
One person reported they saw smoke in an area of the airport, which workers apparently tried to move people away from, while another woman said she smelled electrical fire-type smoke.
Olivia Dorfman, a traveler at the airport, claimed that stores have been unable to sell water or food because of the outage. “This has been very bizarre,” Dorfman said. “It’s unbelievable. No one seems to know what they’re doing.”
Ciara Leilani tweeted out: “Literal pandemonium at the @ATLairport … Baggage claim stuck, passengers can go no where! Which means traffic can’t either. GBI and other law enforcement on site now. Talk about delays!”
Literal pandemonium at the @ATLairport with power completely out and electric exit doors unable to open. Baggage claim stuck, passengers can go no where! Which means traffic can’t either. GBI and other law enforcement on site now. Talk about delays! #atlanta
— Ciara Leilani (@CiaraLeilani) December 17, 2017
It has been unconfirmed when the power will be restored. At the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport, almost 2,500 planes arrive and depart daily, averaging 275,000 passengers per day.
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