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

Ludacris cardboard cutout greets travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson

11:34 am Jan. 13, 2017

If you’ve been to the international terminal at the Atlanta airport recently, you may have noticed some unusual new directional signage.

It’s a cardboard cutout of Ludacris directing travelers to the security checkpoint.

That’s not the only constant


75% of Georgia residents plan to take a vacation in 2017, says AAA

10:23 am Jan. 13, 2017

Three-quarters of Georgia residents plan to take a vacation this year, according to AAA Travel.

More than half say they will take two to three vacations in 2017, according to AAA’s consumer survey of about 400 Georgia residents from Sept. 28 through Oct. 6, 2016, with a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

For travelers nationwide, the top domestic destinations are Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Anaheim, Miami and Las Vegas, based

Officials ceremonially plug a Tesla into an electric vehicle charger at Hartsfield-Jackson's international terminal. Credit: Henry Taylor

Hartsfield-Jackson now has more than 100 electric vehicle charging spaces

1:58 pm Jan. 12, 2017

Hartsfield-Jackson International has installed 102 electric vehicle charging spaces, a $1.3 million investment that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called part of his effort to have “one of the greenest airports in the world.”

The Atlanta airport plans to install another 200 electric vehicle charging spaces over the next couple of years.

“These stations reflect Hartsfield-Jackson’s great commitment to sustainability,” said Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt Council.

Electric vehicle drivers must pay regular rates

Guns caught recently at TSA checkpoints. Source: TSA

Hartsfield-Jackson ranks No. 1 in guns caught by TSA in 2016

8:46 am Jan. 12, 2017

Hartsfield-Jackson International had the most guns caught at airport security checkpoints of any airport in the country in 2016, with 198 firearms discovered last year.

That put Atlanta just ahead of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which

Clear kiosks at Washington Reagan National Airport.

Clear security line coming to Hartsfield-Jackson

3:14 pm Jan. 10, 2017

There will soon be another way to get through security lines faster at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Clear, a biometric identification technology firm that sells memberships granting access to special airport security lines for its members, is coming to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in coming weeks.

Atlanta airport general manager Roosevelt Council said the Clear kiosks will be at domestic terminal South, near the TSA PreCheck line entrance.

Council said Clear will not displace the PreCheck lines, but


Airline flight schedules returning to normal after storm

3:41 pm Jan. 8, 2017

Flight operations are expected to be back to normal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Monday after airlines recovered over the weekend from two days of storm-related flight cancellations.

Hundreds of flight cancellations and delays on Friday and Saturday left some stranded at the airport.

Delta Air Lines said it was in recovery mode Sunday and accommodating passengers whose flights were cancelled the previous two days.

Long wait times for airline customer service have

People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooter opened fire inside the terminal, killing several people and wounding others before being taken into custody, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

In wake of Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and evacuation, luggage and belongings are left behind

9:52 am Jan. 7, 2017

On the day after the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport where Delta Air Lines operates, airline and airport officials are working to assist passengers who were affected, including those who left their luggage behind in the rush to evacuate the terminal.

About 20,000 items left behind in the terminal during the evacuation have been collected by the Fort Lauderdale airport. Those who evacuated from the airport and left their