Atlanta's homeless are flocking to airport atrium overnight

Atlanta Airport
Posted at 4:11 PM, Feb 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-11 16:11:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) - The world's busiest airport has increasingly become a refuge for Atlanta's homeless, especially during cold weather.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the domestic terminal is sometimes filled with homeless people overnight and into the early morning.

There have periodically been some homeless people at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, a public terminal open 24 hours a day.

But the newspaper reports that after the closure of a large shelter downtown and a prolonged spate of frigid temperatures, large numbers of homeless have been using the airport to escape the cold.

The Journal-Constitution reports that over the past couple of months, many homeless have been taking the train to the Atlanta airport stop, settling down in chairs in the domestic terminal atrium or stretching out on the floor.