On Dec. 17, 2017, a power outage at the Atlanta airport was reported. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had to cancel all flights that Sunday afternoon. Inside, people used cellphones to illuminate dark terminals. Police evacuated the airport nearly five hours after the outage began. Some passengers reported seeing smoke in the airport when the power went out.
Photo: Daniel O’Toole
Photo: Daniel O’Toole

‘I think The Walking Dead started like this’: Twitter reacts to Atlanta airport shutdown

A power outage was reported at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport around 1 p.m. Sunday. Reports from the scene describe a swirling mass of people trying to get cellphone signals in a darkening airport.

Online, people began posting photos and video they said were taken on the scene.

There were many, many people who reported being stuck when the world’s busiest airport shut down for hours. 

Other people reacted with a skepticism of Atlanta infrastructure, especially this year.

And of course, there were jokes.

For more information, check out the rest of the AJC’s coverage of the power loss.

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