GA: A Federal Shutdown, the Super Bowl and the World’s Busiest Airport

Jan. 25, 2019
Hartsfield-Jackson expects a record-setting 110,000 passengers going through security on the Monday after the Super Bowl.

For nearly two years, the world’s busiest airport has been preparing to play host to the world’s biggest football game.

It will be a test like no other for Hartsfield-Jackson, with more than 100,000 passengers expected to pass through security in a single, record-setting day. Officials thought they’d planned for most anything.

Turns out they were wrong. With just 11 days to go until the Super Bowl kicks off at Mercedes Benz Stadium, there is still no end in sight for a partial federal government shutdown that has left tens of thousands of airport screeners working without pay. Officials worry the ongoing impasse could leave the airport at risk of a debacle just when the national spotlight is shining on Atlanta.

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