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Hartsfield-Jackson Braces For Busy Holiday Weekend


More than 1 million Georgians will be heading out of town this Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA.

Some of them will spend at least a few hours at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. And even with the new technological updates at the airport that debuted this week, there likely will still be long lines.

“When weather is favorable like it’s expected here in the Southeast, it’s perfect ingredients for a nice long weekend, but a busy weekend,” AAA spokesman Garrett Townsend said.

But there are a few things passengers can do to try to improve traffic flow.

“Take all your loose change, all the other stuff in your pockets, pack it in your carry-on before you go through the checkpoints. Because this way when you get to the other side, you save time. You don’t have to put everything back into your pockets, and also when you’re in a hurry to get to your gate, you tend to lose things,” airline industry expert Seth Kaplan said.

Roughly 83,000 passengers will go through Hartsfield-Jackson on Friday.

That's about 5,000 short of the airport's all-time record, which was set on the Sunday following last Thanksgiving.