The FBI is expanding its presence at the world’s busiest airport, where it works to help protect against everything from human trafficking to hijackings.
On international Concourse E at Hartsfield-Jackson, the FBI will have about a dozen FBI agents and task force officers and a special agent supervisor. They will work on the front lines on incidents or criminal issues at the airport.
The FBI's responsibilities include special aircraft jurisdiction matters such as hijackings, interference with a flight crew and assaults on aircraft. The FBI also works with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on human trafficking and counter-terrorism efforts, according to FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett.
As the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson is "a potential target for various types of threats," according to city documents. The FBI's new office space is "exclusive and highly secure," according to the airport.
The Atlanta City Council this month approved a resolution for the FBI to double its office space and nearly double its staffing at the airport.
That means “a significant increase in commitment in terms of readiness by the FBI at Atlanta’s airport,” Emmett said in a written statement.
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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, one of the world's largest carriers, and Hartsfield-Jackson, the world's busiest airport. She has covered airlines for about 20 years, graduated from Harvard and has a master's degree from Northwestern.