Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

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Thursday morning on Political Rewind, President Trump’s 30-day travel ban is predicted to hit Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is the state’s largest employer.

And, Crossover Day sees legislation sent from its original chamber to the opposite side of the General Assembly. This an annual process that ranges in dates of March.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Atlanta's airport will be used to screen travelers for a new virus that originated in China.

The Atlanta-based Centers For Disease Control and Prevention plans to funnel flights from Wuhan, China, to five airports including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

Travelers on those flights will be screened for a coronavirus that has sickened 300 people in east Asia and killed six.

MORE: 1st Case Of New Coronavirus Detected In U.S.

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Atlanta city leaders are preparing for another attempt by Georgia lawmakers to put the world's busiest airport under the state's control.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted 20 pounds of cocaine from different travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport during the holiday season.

In a press release, CBP detailed different incidents where the drug was discovered:

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is preparing to go smoke free. It's closing all smoking rooms as of Jan. 2.

The move comes after the city of Atlanta passed an ordinance banning smoking in public places including the airport, city-owned buildings and indoors at most bars and restaurants.

Paul Brown is the assistant general manager of commericial development with the airport. During a press conference Tuesday, he said there will be a transition period.


The penultimate day of the 2019 legislative session brings discussion of medical marijuana cultivation, a controversial ban on most abortions and a proposed takeover of the airport. Next week marks Sine Die, the last day for a bill to pass both chambers and head to Gov. Brian Kemp for approval. Otherwise, the legislation will have to wait to pass until January 2020.

GPB reporter Stephen Fowler joined On Second Thought to discuss the ins and outs of the legislative session.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has thrown down the gauntlet over a bill that would allow the state to take control of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

“I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s what I call an act of war,” Bottoms said during an interview for GPB’s Lawmakers show which airs  7 p.m. Monday.  “When you live in a glass house, you shouldn’t throw stones.  The state has had its own challenges.”

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O'Hare International Airport in Chicago was the busiest airport in the U.S. last year, surpassing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for the first time in four years.

The Federal Aviation Administration released data on Monday showing that O'Hare had more than 903,000 arrivals and departures during 2018. Atlanta's airport was second, with more than 895,000 arrivals and departures.

Airport Outage Blocks KSU Team's Shot In Puerto Rico

Dec 19, 2017
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The Latest on the power outage at Atlanta's airport:

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School officials say the power outage that struck Atlanta's airport has caused a Georgia college basketball team to miss a tournament now underway in Puerto Rico.

Kennesaw State University says Sunday's blackout caused its women's team to miss its flight to the island. The school said in a statement that as a result, it's not competing in the Puerto Rico Classic. The tournament began Monday and ends Wednesday.

In today's headlines:

  • Atlanta's airport tries to get back to normal after an 11 hour outage
  • Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers apologizes for the fire that caused the blackout
  • Falcons top the Buccaneers, closing in on return to playoffs


Operations are getting back to normal at the world's busiest airport after a massive power outage Sunday completely shut down Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Georgia Power officials say a fire in a substation below the airport knocked out both the main power and the backup power for several hours on Sunday.

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  • Power has been restored to the Atlanta airport after an 11 hour outage
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Updated 12:55 a.m. ET Monday

People traveling through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport struggled to get home Sunday after a power outage there forced hundreds of flight cancellations.

Officials announced that power had been fully restored to the airport shortly after midnight.

The power went out early Sunday afternoon and hundreds of flights at the world's busiest airport ended up canceled. Many travelers were stuck in grounded planes for hours.

The Latest: Operations Recovering At Atlanta Airport

Dec 17, 2017

The latest on the power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport:

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A record number of guns were confiscated this year at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Though that follows a national trend, the Atlanta airport led the nation in the number of guns found for yet another year. We discuss this with Kelly Yamanouchi, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who focuses on airport-related stories. Tom Barton, a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, also joins us.

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The neighborhoods surrounding Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport do not look like they once did a few decades ago. But unlike the airport itself, most haven’t grown. As the airport has slowly become one of, if not the busiest airport in the world, the communities around it have shrunk or disappeared completely.

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Many air travelers are experiencing long lines and headaches as extreme delays continue at airport security checkpoints across the country. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told reporters this week that he doesn't want Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to become a poster child for stalled traveler traffic.