Thousands of people from around the world will pass through the international terminal daily, and most of them will fit into one of five passenger categories.
Categories are based primarily on where passengers are coming from and where they are going. If passengers know their category, they can determine where to go for customs and immigration inspection, baggage claim, connecting flights, concessions and other services.
1. Atlanta-bound: These are passengers whose international travel begins and ends in Atlanta.
2. International inbound connecting at Hartsfield-Jackson for U.S. domestic travel: These passengers are arriving in Atlanta from a city outside the United States to connect on a domestic flight for travel within the United States.
3. Connecting in Hartsfield-Jackson for travel outside the United States: These passengers are arriving in Atlanta from another U.S. city to connect with an outbound international flight.
4. Originating in Atlanta and flying to another U.S. city to connect for travel outside the United States: These passengers are flying from Atlanta to another U.S. city to connect with an international flight.
5. Precleared: These passengers are arriving from or traveling to countries that participate in the U.S. precleared travel program.