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Workshop Addresses Flight Diversions

Hartsfield-Jackson hosted a workshop recently to enhance the lines of communications between the Airport and its "diversion partners" - Southeast airports that receive flights diverted from Atlanta. The workshop, with about 35 participants, addressed how diversions can disrupt the traveling public. Nine airports, Delta Airlines, AirTran and several aviation organizations and agencies were represented at the workshop.

Airport Reaps 'Yard of the Month Award'

Hartsfield-Jackson was selected as having the "Yard of the Month" for October by Keep Clayton County Beautiful and the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognized the Airport for the thriving seasonal planters greeting passengers as well as plantings and landscaping throughout the 4,700-acre property. The award is evidence that such eco-friendly practices as a new composting program, rainwater collection barrels, drought-resistant plantings and a full-time horticulturalist are benefiting the Airport.

Yard of the Month

Essay Contest Winner Wins Roundtrip Tickets

Tri-Cities High School student Eric Rios won the first-place prize in the recent Latino Heritage Month essay contest sponsored by Hartsfield-Jackson. Airport-area students participated in the 300-word contest in September and October about the accomplishments of Latino Americans. Rios, 17, received two roundtrip airline tickets for his essay, "That Man Who Came." Hartsfield-Jackson's Partners in Education program held month-long activities that included networking opportunities with business leaders, a luncheon series and a Delta Air Lines Museum tour.

Pupils Tour Airport Facilities

More than 140 College Park pupils from Harriet Tubman and College Park elementary schools recently toured the world's busiest airport. The tour included information about Hartsfield-Jackson's fifth runway, north and south cargo facilities and Airport operations. The children got off the buses for up-close looks at the Consolidated Rental Car (CONRAC) facility, FAA control tower and the site of the Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. International Terminal. The tour was arranged by College Park Councilman Joe Carn.

Spirit of Giving Shows With Food Drive

The Hartsfield-Jackson community donated more than 500 cans of food during a month-long Thanksgiving food drive. The Department of Aviation Customer Service division led the collection effort. "We spread the word through the entire Airport community," said Customer Service supervisor Naomi Holder. "Despite today's challenging economic conditions, our team came through." Airport staff delivered the cans to the Atlanta-based Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless campaign.

TSA Launches New Security Technology

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is using new millimeter wave technology at Hartsfield-Jackson for secondary security screenings. Millimeter wave detects weapons, explosives and other threat items concealed under clothing without using physical contact. To ensure privacy, security officers view images from a remote location and cannot ascertain identity of the passenger. Images cannot be stored, printed or transmitted and are deleted once cleared, according to TSA. Go to www.tsa.gov for more information.

Delta Sets New International Flight Path

Delta Air Lines will begin offering customers new international service from Atlanta to Japan and Africa beginning in spring 2009. Starting in May, it will launch a second daily roundtrip flight to Tokyo's Narita International Airport using some of its first Boeing 747-400 aircraft acquired from its merger with Northwest Airlines. In June, it will offer customers: nonstop service to Johannesburg, South Africa with a 777-200LR; Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa using 767-300 aircraft; and Monrovia, Liberia, Abuja, Nigeria and Malabo, Equatorial New Guinea on 757-200ERs.

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