Chick-fil-A opened on Sunday to feed stranded passengers in Atlanta

19 December, 2017, 11:11 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Image Passengers wait after the lights went out at Hartfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport Dec. 17 2017 in Atlanta

"All the hotels were completely booked out for about a 30-mile radius so my daughter and I slept on the nice, cold, hard floor".

Brosnan said people should remain alert in the wake of the complete outage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Georgia, even though it was not terror-related. Passengers were left stranded in the dark both inside the airport and in their airplanes, as flights were grounded and not allowed to leave.

Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said the utility was working to find out the cause and restore electricity.

Although firefighters responded to the fire shortly after it sparked around 12:45 p.m., it took about two hours to investigate and extinguish the blaze and hours more to clear the tunnels of noxious fumes, Reed said, before utility officials could inspect and begin to fix the damage.

And the AJC learned that the breakdown in communicating with passengers stuck in Atlanta and held up in airports worldwide can be chalked up to the Reed administration's laser focus on accuracy.

Atlanta is reopen for business, with airlines playing catch-up.

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"They're more elderly, they're more young people, they're more infrequent travelers", he said. She says they just hope everything goes smoothly and they really make it home.

But today I talked to veteran journalist Cheryl Preheim in Atlanta.

The 24-hour delay meant Dr. Raymond Brewer had to miss scheduled surgeries.

By then, passengers had spent hours coping with darkened terminals, unexplained smoke and fumes, cancelled flights, and a shortage of food.

Four early flights to Atlanta were canceled Monday morning out of Savannah/Hilton Head International because the planes couldn't get here last night. "But, we have plans in place that we drill on regularly that make sure if there's a primary power outage, that we have backup power available to make sure all the tools and all the machines that make it necessary for you to get to your destination still operate".

Dillon and her daughter were sitting on the tarmac for 5 hours.

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Jodi Green's Delta flight from the Bahamas landed at 1:15 p.m. ET Sunday.

Bowers said failures are very rare, but now that they've had one, they have to figure out what to do about it going forward.

"They had to bring these old rickety stairways out", she said. "No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time", the statement said.

CNN's Betsy Klein spent almost seven hours in a plane on the tarmac, waiting to move.

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

Mondays and the holiday breaks are the busiest times for Hartsfield-Jackson International, and this just made it worse.

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

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