News and notes from Hartsfield-Jackson, the world's busiest airport

Morning rush brings long lines at Hartsfield-Jackson 

As holiday weekend travelers head to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for flights, lines stretched into the domestic terminal atrium early Friday during the morning rush.

(Kelly Yamanouchi)

After two-hour lines Monday morning amid the partial federal shutdown causing Transportation Security Administration staffing shortages, TSA flew in extra staff from other cities to the world’s busiest airport, alleviating wait times at Hartsfield-Jackson later in the week.

But wait times have still extended to 30 to 45 minutes during peak morning periods at the Atlanta airport. Lines typically shorten by mid-morning.

An airport official said 25 of 27 security lanes in the domestic terminal were open Friday morning. An estimated 75,000 passengers are expected at Hartsfield-Jackson security checkpoints Friday.

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Traffic at the airport is forecast to be light on Saturday and Sunday,  while crowds at Hartsfield-Jackson are expected to pick up again Monday.

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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.

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