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19 December 2017, 11:12 | Gordon Grant
Power cut leaves thousands of passengers stranded in world's busiest airport
So, I got in the line so I could get rebooked and by the time we got there, there was no way we'd make any of our connections.
The nation's air-travel system is struggling to get back on schedule after a weekend fire and blackout at the Atlanta airport forced the cancellation of over 1,500 flights.
While others in the airport were just simply overjoyed that their vacations got off to a better start. He waited on the plane on the tarmac for more than two hours until passengers disembarked into a dark airport. According to a Georgia Power statement, a fire in an underground electrical facility may have been responsible for the outage.
Officials said the fire happened in a service tunnel deep under the airport.
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. Five flights in or out of Bush Intercontinental Airport were canceled. And they say they are going to be hard-pressed to use the Atlanta airport anytime again soon.
But today I talked to veteran journalist Cheryl Preheim in Atlanta.
"No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time", the company said.
Some passengers told CNN that airport and airline staff offered no updates as hours passed, leaving people scanning their phones and tablets for information.
While the power may be back on at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the aftermath of last night's blackout is still having residual effects for Detroit travelers. "Four hours on the tarmac, coming from Louisville". A woman said she was waiting in the security line when "they turned off the lights".
After the interview, LeBron said he walked across the street to a McDonald's restaurant that was out of food and packed with stranded travelers, many sleeping on the floors.
Passengers were told there was a problem with the plane's pressurization and were removed from the plane for what the airline said would be "a delay of 30 to 40 minutes", he said. The outage grounded all of the hub's outgoing flights and halted incoming traffic for tens of thousands of travelers hoping to land there.is reporting that 1,180 flight were canceled as a result.
Thomas, the Delta spokesman, said that since then, the airline has put more flight crews on reserve and installed computer technology to quickly assemble properly rested crews.
CNN's Betsy Klein spent almost seven hours in a plane on the tarmac, waiting to move. Customers are being offered re-bookings without fare differences, he said.
Some flights to and from Evansville Regional Airport were experiencing delays.
And meanwhile, until the FAA called for a ground stop at 3:28 p.m., planes kept landing.
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