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If ATL Next goes according to plan, travelers will see a major facelift—and deal with some short-term headaches—in just about every part of the airport experience, from parking the car to taking off from a new runway.
“That kind of trafficking—whether it’s money or guns—within the airport, it creates an additional layer of harm to the community,” says John Horn, U.S. attorney in Atlanta. “The airport is such a huge institution to [Atlanta]; we have the obligation to make sure that it’s safe.”
Running the world’s busiest airport is no mean feat. Southwell, general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport since May 2014, must balance the sometimes competing interests of airlines, federal inspectors, and airport tenants—all while running a hub where 2,500 planes take off and land every day.