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The Latest: FBI involved in the airport probe; no sign of terror

ATLANTA – The Latest on the power outage in Atlanta airport (all times local):

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9:35 pm

Georgia Power says the FBI is between the various agencies involved in the investigation into the cause of a fire that knocked out power to the Atlanta airport, but a spokesperson from the agency says there is no indication of terrorism at this point.

FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that there is no sign of “anything nefarious or anything related to terrorism.”

Georgia Power spokesman Craig Bell said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also is involved. Bell said that because of the size of the blackout, the company wants to be able to rule out “a possible scenario was that not equipment malfunction.”

Bell said Tuesday that there are no conclusions to be drawn about the cause of the fire, which took out the airport’s main power supply as a back-up electricity for about 11 hours on Sunday.

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8 hours

Two days after a power failure grounded flights in the Atlanta airport over the weekend, the passengers are still sleeping in the atrium at the world’s busiest airport.

Video of the news outlets Tuesday morning showed passengers sprawled out on the couches and chairs, and the luggage piled in a nearby area of the terminal for domestic flights.

The nation’s air-travel system was snarled after the underground blaze knocked out electricity on Sunday and crippled international airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport approximately 11 hours.

The airport announced Monday a list of hotels that had availability airlines worked on the rebooking of passengers and return to normal business operations.

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7:15 pm

As the Atlanta airport continues to recover from a power failure that grounded flights over the weekend, the number of passengers up to an hour to get through security.

The airport’s website showed that the waiting times to get through security early Tuesday 45 minutes to an hour per day at the main checkpoint in the domestic terminal. Smaller checkpoints in the terminal, with 15 to 30 minutes to clear.

The Sunday blackout forced the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights days before the start of the christmas rush.

Air travel expert says no matter how fast Delta and other airlines move around, it takes a few days to hundreds of thousands of grounded passengers to their final destination.

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3:15 pm

Delta Air Lines and other airlines that operate from Atlanta airport to say that they expect to be running normally by Tuesday, after a fire and blackout. The Sunday blackout forced the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights days before the start of the christmas rush.

But an air travel expert says no matter how fast Delta and other airlines move around, it takes a few days to hundreds of thousands of grounded passengers to their final destination. Robert Mann, president of airline consulting firm in Port Washington, New York, said that in rare cases, a number of passengers did not arrive until Thursday.

The nation’s air-travel system was snarled after the underground blaze knocked out electricity on Sunday and crippled international airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport approximately 11 hours.

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