Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Atlanta International Airport shows off lighted canopy

Hatsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport recently tested the lighting on the first three sections of its North Terminal canopy.

ATL Airport - green canopy

This canopy is one of a half dozen major construction projects under way at ATL as part of a major 20-year long development program, dubbed ATL Next, that the airport says is designed to boost capacity, renew and replace existing facilities and “enhance ATL’s aesthetic appeal.”

There will be canopies in front of the North and South passenger terminals and the full length of each canopy will be covered in a plastic material that will be able to be illuminated in different colors and patterns by thousands of embedded LED lights.

Work on the ATL’s North Canopy should be done by the fall. The South canopy is expected to be completed in Fall 2019.

The airport did a test run on the lights on part of the North Canopy last week. Neutral white light is expected to be the default color but on special occasions the canopies will be illuminated to mark specific events such as red, white and blue to honor Independence Day.

Other options already under consideration: red and black to celebrate a Falcons Super Bowl victory, or green to mark Earth Day.

Of course, ATL isn’t the first to get a cool lighted architectural feature.

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport has the “Sky’s the Limit” underground neon walkway.

OHARE NEON TUNNEL courtesy ORD

Detroit Metropolitan Airport has a lighted tunnel.

 

And Los Angeles International Airport has lighted pylons at it entrance that are often lit up in different color patterns to honor a holiday or special event.

What other cool lighted architectural features at airports should we add to this list?

Recovering from that power outage at Atlanta Int’l Airport

Updated: Monday morninng, December 18

The power went back on at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International around midnight last night after a fire in an underground faclity knocked out power airport-wide around 1 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday all operations at the airport ground to a halt with thousands of passenger stuck inside the terminal into darkness and on planes.

Delta alone canceled more than 1,000 fllights and hundreds of other had to be diverted or held on the ground at their departure cities. At least 300 Delta flights are already canceled for today.

 

Getting everything back in order and everyone to their intended destination will be a mess as we head into a busy holiday travel week.

Delta Air Lines, American AirlinesJetBlue,  Southwest and United Airlines are among the airlines posting alerts about refunds and change fee waivers as a result of this event.

As always, check with you airline before heading to the airport for a flight that may be affected by this incident.

 

Tasty event at Atlanta International Airport

 

Travelers passing through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Wednesday, November 1 (2017) will be able to join the airport’s 3rd annual Taste of HartsfieldJackson event in the domestic terminal atrium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$10 buys 10 tickets, each good for one food sample and includes concessionaires such as Atlanta Chophouse & Brewery,Carrabba’s Italian Grill; Piece of Cake; Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen; Phillips Seafood, Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint; Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill; Atlanta Braves All Star Grill; Shane’s Rib Shack;  Cat Cora’s Kitchen; Jekyll Island Seafood Company and Sweet Auburn Market. Buy tickets here.

The event, which benefits a local charity that fights childhood hunger, will also include a chef’s competition featuring celebrity chef Cat Cora and a timed culinary challenge.

 

 

 

Spotted at Atlanta Int’l Airport – a forest

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Here’s a good reason to walk – or take the moving walkways – instead of the train between concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: the art!

Especially now that “Flight Paths”, by artist Steven Waldeck, seems to be finished.

The $4.1 million installation has taken years to complete but is designed to give travelers the feeling of walking through a forest – complete with a simulated tree canopy, bird sounds, floor projections and special lighting along the 450-foot long underground tunnel between Concourses A and B.

 

Guns at airports. Way too many at Atlanta airport

ATL GUNS

The TSA discovered more than 1500 guns at airport checkpoints last year, and 100 of those were found in the carry-on bags of passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

In fact, according to a press notice the airport sent out on Wednesday, during 2012 more firearms were confiscated at ATL than at any other airport. This year ATL leads the pack as well, with 67 firearms found so far.

That’s not the list the airport wants to be leading, so on Thursday airport officials and representatives held a press conference/refresher course on the right and wrong ways to travel with firearms and the legal consequences for violating the federal and local laws.

“If you attempt to bring a gun through these checkpoints, you will be breaking federal law, and you will be arrested,” said Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Louis Miller, who explained that violators will miss their flight, be taken to jail and be subject to prosecution and fines up to $7,500.

Want to see what kinds  of – and how many – guns are found at this airport and others each week? The TSA Blog presents a weekly review of the firearms (including a count of those found loaded and chambered) and other prohibited items discovered.

The list of what people simply ‘forget’ they have in the carry-on bags is often quite alarming.

You’ll see.