This Is What Caused the Massive Power Outage at the Atlanta Airport
This Is What Caused the Massive Power Outage at the Atlanta Airport
Montgomery family waits over 6 hours on plane in Atlanta airport due to power outage
19 December, 2017, 11:44
The airline has canceled approximately 900 mainline and Delta Connection flights Sunday as a result of the outage and 48 flights have diverted to alternate airports due to a nationwide groundstop for Atlanta-bound flights. It's not clear how long it will take to restore power and operations at the airport. One woman we spoke to was on a flight from Tokyo to Atlanta when the captain announced they'd have to land in Detroit instead.
Delta, which has its hub in Atlanta, canceled nearly 400 flights Monday, per CNN.
The city ultimately opened its convention center for the stranded travelers, with Chick-fil-A continuing to donate meals to passengers.
According to a Georgia Power statement, the utility believes a piece of equipment in an underground electrical facility might have failed, causing the fire.
"This is the worst experience I've ever had at an airport", he said.
It is not known how many flights may be affected. The AJC reported that all flights had been canceled and baggage is being held in a secure area.
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Some passengers were removed from planes on the tarmac via portable staircases.
Adding to the nightmare are what some passengers said was a lack of information from airport officials and help from first responders to get the disabled and the elderly through the airport without the use of escalators and elevators.
Passengers stuck on the train that moves passengers between terminals were rescued by firefighters.
Anthony Foxx, who served as US transportation secretary under President Barack Obama, was among the many travelers stuck for hours on a plane on the tarmac. The airline will also work to reunify customers with their luggage once power is restored.
The airport serves an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website.
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