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

Qatar Airways CEO calls U.S. flight attendants ‘grandmothers,’ riling unions and prompting Delta response

5:59 pm Jul. 11, 2017

A remark by Qatar Airways’ CEO referring to U.S. airline flight attendants as
“grandmothers” has sparked an outcry by airline unions.

Qatar Airways flies nonstop from Doha to Atlanta. Its CEO Akbar Al Baker is known for known for his aggressive approach to competition and occasionally biting remarks.

At a gala at an InterContinental hotel in Dublin, Ireland last week to celebrate Qatar Airways’ launch of its Dublin-Doha route, Al Baker told the audience that

Disruptive passenger booted from plane at Hartsfield-Jackson

10:50 am Jul. 7, 2017

A disruptive passenger was removed from an American Airlines flight departing from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, while her dog was loose in the aisle of the cabin.

American Airlines said Flight 218 from Atlanta to Chicago on Wednesday evening returned to the gate “to remove a disruptive passenger,” before departing again for Chicago.

Another passenger on the flight, Michael Nash, posted video of the woman on Facebook, including video of the passenger being

Couple gets engaged on Delta flight

4:09 pm Jun. 23, 2017

The couple in a long-distance relationship stretched between Atlanta and Pennsylvania already had flying as part of their connection.

Record number of travelers expected over July 4th weekend

7:24 pm Jun. 22, 2017

A record number of people are expected to travel over the 4th of July holiday weekend, according to AAA.

A total of 44.2 million Americans are forecast to take trips over the period running from June 30 to July 4.

In Georgia, 1.3 million people will travel for the holiday, AAA says.

Most of them will be driving.

But 3.4 million across the country are expected to fly over Independence Day weekend, including 94,000