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19 December 2017, 09:23 | Lionel James
Chick-fil-A opened on Sunday to feed stranded passengers
There have been plenty of tweets from the ground in Atlanta, and they show what a power outage at the world's busiest airport looks like.
Still, when flights at Atlanta were grounded for most of one day last spring, it took Delta five days - and about 4,000 canceled flights - before it fully recovered. It has been a very hard day for thousands of travelers, and while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need. One woman we spoke to was on a flight from Tokyo to Atlanta when the captain announced they'd have to land in Detroit instead.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says an electrical fire at a substation was the problem, and the subsequent fumes in the tunnels to that substation slowed down the restoration process.
Many departing flights from Atlanta were cancelled or delayed, as well.
"We learned from this experience - go down a day ahead of time", they told us.
Officials said only that a large portion of the airport had been impacted.
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Come nightfall, power still had not been restored at the airport. The AJC reported that all flights had been canceled and baggage is being held in a secure area.
Delta passenger Emilia Duca, 32, was on her way to Wisconsin from Bogota, Colombia, when she got stuck in Atlanta.
Some passengers were removed from planes on the tarmac via portable staircases.
"LIGHTS ON and delivering food and water to our passenger!" an airport spokesperson wrote on Twitter. Escalators and elevators were also affected, but no word if anyone was stuck in an elevator. The airline will also work to reunify customers with their luggage once power is restored.
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