After more than 11 hours in the dark, power has been restored to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but it is still causing many issues, especially for Florida.
A spokesman for Delta Air Lines says the majority of passengers stranded at the Atlanta airport that lost power have been booked on other flights that will leave Monday. In rare cases, some passengers won't arrive until Thursday, he said. Despite the circumstances, she said, order prevailed.
Officials are advising travelers to check with their airline before heading to the airport.
Delta hopes to return to normal service by the afternoon, but some of the fliers we talked with said they couldn't get a flight out of Atlanta until Tuesday.
Officials are investigating the cause of the fire and declined to rule out terrorism as of late Sunday, NBC News reported.
By 9:55 p.m., Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted that power had been fully restored.
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More than 104 million travelers passed through Atlanta's airport a year ago, making the Delta Air Lines hub the world's busiest for passenger traffic, according to Airports Council International. Other incoming flights were diverted, and outgoing flights were halted.
A former USA transportation secretary was among the travelers stuck on a plane as a power outage paralyzed Atlanta's airport, the world's busiest. He blasted airport officials, saying the problem was "compounded by confusion and poor communication". That report was unconfirmed, and Georgia Power said it was working with airport authorities to determine the cause of the outage. An Atlanta city employee in a Santa hat gave out candy. The airline also diverted three planes that were headed to Atlanta when the outage struck, sending them instead to Dallas, Nashville and back to Philadelphia.
"Delta has been pretty good", David Carden said, counting themselves luckier than passengers who spent the night in an airport.
American Airlines reported only a handful of diversions and cancellations because the carrier does not use Atlanta as a hub, airline spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello. "The people were helpless, they can't get down the stairs, it was just a nightmare".
"This is bad. I wish someone would've given us a heads-up before we got to the airport", he said. According to the Boston Globe, at least 16 flights were canceled on Monday morning. Hundreds of flights were canceled, and the travel slowdowns continued early Monday as airlines tried to deal with a huge backlog of passengers. Sunday he's spending an unexpected hotel stay in Atlanta with a rebooked flight back home tomorrow-for now, at his expense.
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. On average, 275,000 passengers pass through the airport each day.
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