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Our Place in the Universe: No. 9 for bad-weather airport delays

Posted By: Rebecca Burns · 11/19/2010 4:34:00 PM
If you weren’t already panicking about Thanksgiving travel crowds and getting groped by security screeners, there’s this less-than thrilling tidbit of holiday travel news.
According a new report from the Weather Channel, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson ranks in the top ten airports for bad-weather delays. Meteorologist Jonathan Erdman (who apparently never met an exclamation mark he didn’t like) reports:

59 million passengers!  According to Airports Council International, that is the total number of passengers that passed through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in just the first 8 months of 2010!  As you can imagine, any significant weather affecting the world's busiest airport can lead to significant delays.
There's some comfort in knowing that, without much snow (Chicago) or threats of volcanic ash (that'd be you, Anchorage), Atlanta's metereologically triggered delays are not proportionate to our passenger crowds.
If you're headed out of town from Atlanta this Thanksgiving, let's hope your end destination isn't also on this list:
1 Chicago, O'Hare
2 Detroit, Metropolitan Wayne County Airport 
3 (tie) Newark, Liberty International Airport; John F. Kennedy International Airport; LaGuardia
4 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
5 Boston Logan International Airport
6 Philadelphia International Airport
7 San Francisco International Airport
8 Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
9 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
10 Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
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