Hartsfield-Jackson puts up temporary walls around food court

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has put up temporary walls around the domestic terminal food court, as it tries to encourage social distancing while an increasing number of homeless people flock to the mostly empty terminal to sleep.

According to Atlanta airport spokeswoman Elise Durham, the walls are a temporary solution to help with social distancing by discouraging people from sitting in the food court.

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Many concessions have closed throughout the airport. Concourse E is closed as well as part of Concourse C, Durham said.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told City Council members last week that the airport also removed seating in the domestic terminal atrium to encourage social distancing to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Under normal circumstances, the airport has 100 to 150 homeless people in the airport on colder nights.

By late March, Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager John Selden was saying there were as many as 300 people in the terminal overnight.