Departures at South Terminal outside at Atlanta airport
Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

Breaking News: Power Outage at Atlanta Airport December 17, 2017

A power outage has impacted several areas in the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, according to this message which was posted earlier today at the official Twitter account of the airport.

Breaking News: Power Outage at Atlanta Airport December 17, 2017

Officials at the airport are working to remedy the situation — but in the meantime, airplanes have not been permitted to depart; and incoming flights have reportedly been directed not to land at the airport at this time until further notice due to a ground stop which was issued by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States.

Passengers have been trapped aboard airplanes as a result — reportedly without food or water — as electrical power is apparently needed to park the airplanes at the gates:

People are also reporting being stuck in various areas of the airport — such as between escalators because agents of the Transportation Security Administration are “shouting at people to not go up or down the escalators”:

Some of the people who are trapped claim to have no access to facilities such as washrooms and toilets:

Traffic is apparently jammed outside of the airport, as emergency vehicles have been spotted:

Management of the airport is being chastised as a result of a supposedly delayed response to this situation:


Georgia Power is aware of this situation and is currently investigating it:

No other information is available at this time, as the cause of the electrical power outage is unknown at the time this article was written; but additional updates are expected. As indicated by the aforementioned messages from Twitter, passengers are frustrated with the lack of information pertaining to this situation.

To worsen the situation, rain has started falling in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

In the meantime, contact the airline on which you are traveling to attempt to get an update if you have not yet started traveling by airplane to or from Atlanta — and ask for a travel waiver at the very least if your flight was impacted by the power outage at the airport. The airline may refuse your request — but asking never hurts.

No travel waivers have been issued by any airline at this time as a result of this situation…

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

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