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Power outage at Atlanta airport affects RDU travelers

Posted December 18, 2017 1:12 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 9:55 a.m. EDT

— The power is restored at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after an 11-hour outage shut down operations, but RDU travelers are still feeling the effects.

The ticketing and baggage areas at the world's busiest airport are still a bit backed up, but security lines are moving quickly during one of the busiest travel seasons of the year.

RDU officials said flights leaving Raleigh and headed to Atlanta are going to be full, and many Raleigh travelers are frustrated.

Many people standing in line at RDU were supposed to fly into Atlanta yesterday, and, because of the airport power outage, they weren't able to get there.

Since it's the holiday season, a lot of the flights already have little to no seats left, so the outage is causing some passengers a real headache.

"My flight from Atlanta was going to leave at 1:49 p.m.," said Robert Pfeffer, who is traveling from Raleigh to Tallahassee. "Had I gone to Atlanta, I probably would have been trapped in Atlanta, probably on the tarmac. So I spent all day at the airport."

Airport officials say it could take days to get the issues this power outage caused restored.