Blackout grounds all flights from Atlanta airport
Eric Shawn has the story.
A complete power outage in the country and is the busiest airport, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, grounded flights Sunday afternoon, is likely to result in a holiday travel nightmare for the flyers in the whole country little more than a week before Christmas.
Airport officials said in a press release, the power outage has forced the Federal Aviation Administration to suspend outgoing flights and to implement a “ground stop” for all incoming flights, which means that the flights towards Atlanta to be held on the ground at their departure airport.”
A massive power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has grounded flights Sunday afternoon.
International flights are diverted to land at other airports, U. S. Customs and Border Protection tweeted.
According to reports on Fox News, the outage was caused by a construction crew cutting a power line. Airport officials said the outage happened just after 1 a.m. on Sunday.
The airport reported on its Facebook page that the departure is delayed because the airport equipment in the terminals is not working.
A woman tweeted that the “electric closing doors [are] not able to open,” and that “the passengers can’t be true!” Meanwhile, video posted on social media showed a terminal corridor, illuminated by the outside light.
“Literal pandemonium on the @ATLairport…baggage claim stuck, passengers can not be true! That means that the traffic can not. The GBI and other law enforcement on the site now. Talk about delays!”
Literal pandemonium on the @ATLairport with the power completely off, and electric exit doors do not open. Baggage claim stuck, passengers can not be true! That means that the traffic can not. The GBI and other law enforcement on the site now. Talk about delays! #atlanta
— Ciara Leilani (@CiaraLeilani) 17 December 2017
Officials are reportedly on the scene “working to remedy the situation,” Atlanta Airport said. There are no reports on when the power is expected to be restored.
Almost 2,500 aircraft arrivals and departures to international airport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International daily, and the airport averages 275,000 passengers per day, according to the website of the airport.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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