In total darkness, light of humanity shines at Atlanta airport

In total darkness, light of humanity shines at Atlanta airport

In total darkness, light of humanity shines at Atlanta airport

When he got to his hotel where he could charge his phone, he made a point of sending a note to each of them, "thanking them for their concerns, letting them know I was all right, and Merry Christmas, and God bless them", he said.

Sunday, the outage canceled seven arrival flights and three departures, but the airport doesn't have numbers yet on how many people were on those flights. Delta Air Lines, which has its headquarters at the airport, said more than 450 mainline and regional flights were cancelled.

As for what caused the chaos in Atlanta Sunday, officials with Georgia Power said they believe a switch gear failed, causing a fire to spread to cables.

Rather than inform 35,000 stranded passengers that the outage was connected to a fire in an airport substation, city officials opted to keep travelers out of the loop until they had ironclad confirmation. Atlanta is a major hub for Delta flights. The airport's two terminals are set up with electrical zones, "so that an electrical failure in one zone won't cause a failure in another", he said. And they say they are going to be hard-pressed to use the Atlanta airport anytime again soon.

"They're more elderly, they're more young people, they're more infrequent travelers", he said. "I could get to Atlanta, but I would've been stranded in Atlanta", says Nikolidakis.

"No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time", the company said. A flight to Hobby Airport was delayed but only by less than an hour.

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. "The bigger question at hand was we had 100 planes sitting on the tarmac". Everything was at a standstill on Sunday about 1 p.m., the same time Williams had arrived.

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"They had to bring these old rickety stairways out", she said.

"I think it was handled very well, considering", she said.

Passenger Mike Vizdos said that he and others were trapped on their aircraft because the power went out just as it reached the terminal gate after arriving from Costa Rica.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the restaurant chain served almost 2,000 meals on Sunday. Other incoming flights were diverted, and outgoing flights were halted. Evans, he said, even offered him a ride himself to an emergency shelter the city had set up at its convention center.

Some flights to and from Evansville Regional Airport were experiencing delays.

LeBron was changing planes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on his way home from Albuquerque, where the Colorado State University football team played in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl.

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

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