Power Outage at Atlanta Airport Causes Problems in Mobile

Dianna Christensen
December 19, 2017

But no matter how fast Delta and other airlines move, it will take a few days to get the hundreds of thousands of grounded passengers to their final destinations, said Robert Mann, president of an airline consulting firm in Port Washington, New York.

By then, passengers had spent hours coping with darkened terminals, unexplained smoke and fumes, cancelled flights, and a shortage of food. The airport's backup generators can power only one elevator per concourse.

American Airlines, which is much smaller, said that it, too, booked many of its passengers on new flights but that some will have to wait until later in the week to fly.

Four early flights to Atlanta were canceled Monday morning out of Savannah/Hilton Head International because the planes couldn't get here last night. The company said that the power outage was "very rare".

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

The short answer is that an electrical fire in a tunnel beneath the airport crippled both the main power system and its backup. The pilot of her plane announced there was no power in the facility, but that it would be fixed shortly.

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

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"People are calm, laughing, joking", she said.

"The thing that stuck out to me after covering 20 years of snowstorms shutting down airports and all kinds of trouble with passengers is how little I saw of fights and conflict", Preheim said. "I'm amazed I've been able to sit here and not lose my mind". Almost 20 departures scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening were canceled. People maintained composure as food and drinks ran out, but by hour seven, patience was wearing thin. It was unclear who was in charge and people were lying on the floor and on baggage claim belts.

"Airlines did a great job letting travelers know ahead of time that flights were canceled", she said, noting that airlines have been working with affected customers, passing out travel vouchers and rescheduling flights since the chaos began on Sunday. Evans, he said, even offered him a ride himself to an emergency shelter the city had set up at its convention center.

As for flights scheduled to depart Detroit, 23 are delayed and 13 were canceled.

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

Now, numerous passengers who spent the evening in the Atlanta airport say they were surprised by the lack of preparedness - the lack of food, the lack of water, the lack of organization.

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

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