"We've got the bags under our eyes to prove it", said Bailey Meekins. The fire caused multiple faults that led to the full blackout at 1:06 p.m.
While others in the airport were just simply overjoyed that their vacations got off to a better start.
More than 1,000 flights were grounded....and thousands of travelers were left in the dark for hours.
Fort Wayne International Airport is prepared to deal with a power outage, Scott Hinderman, the airport authority's executive director of airports, said in the email.
Chick-fil-A owner and CEO Dan Cathy also helped with handing out sandwiches to hungry travelers
At 12:38 p.m., Georgia Power noticed outages in the system that were traced to a fire in underground tunnels where the airport's electric system lives, spokeswoman Bentina Terry said. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but nothing suggests it was set deliberately, he said.
Dr. Martha Brewer, an OB-GYN from Atlanta, and her wife were scheduled to fly to New York's JFK Airport to catch a flight to Barcelona.
People used flashlights on their phones to see where they were going, said passenger Heather Kerwin, an Atlanta resident bound for NY.
"They had these elderly people, handicapped people lined up in wheelchairs", stranded passenger Rutia Curry said. "I could get to Atlanta, but I would've been stranded in Atlanta", says Nikolidakis. "However, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working", it said. Stores stopped serving food and passengers were evacuated to alleviate crowding.
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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.
Foxx said he was among the many travelers stuck for hours on a plane on the tarmac. "But, we have plans in place that we drill on regularly that make sure if there's a primary power outage, that we have backup power available to make sure all the tools and all the machines that make it necessary for you to get to your destination still operate".
"I think it was handled very well, considering", she said.
After the interview, LeBron said he walked across the street to a McDonald's restaurant that was out of food and packed with stranded travelers, many sleeping on the floors.
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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.
Overall, the incident affected one thousand one hundred and fifty departing or arriving flights. Evans, he said, even offered him a ride himself to an emergency shelter the city had set up at its convention center.
Like Sunday's outage, that April storm hit at a busy travel time when there were not many empty seats to accommodate customers from canceled flights.
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