Super Bowl planners: Shutdown brings 'uncharted territory


    In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, photo, the Atlanta Falcons play the Baltimore Ravens in the Mercedes-Benz stadium during the second half of an NFL football game, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

    ATLANTA (AP) — A day after air travelers waited nearly 90 minutes in security lines at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's mayor is concerned about the lines that could result when the city hosts the 2019 Super Bowl.

    Security lines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta stretch more than an hour long amid the partial federal shutdown, causing some travelers to miss flights, Monday morning, Jan. 14, 2019. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Tuesday the partial government shutdown is "uncharted territory" amid planning for one of the world's biggest sporting events.

    She said "Mass Exodus Monday" will bring a crush of passengers through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Feb. 4, as visitors leave the day after the Super Bowl.

    FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, file photo, workers hang banners on Mercedes-Benz Stadium in preparation for the NFL Super Bowl football game, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

    Bottoms says a significantly higher than average number of air travelers are expected to depart Atlanta's airport that day.

    The Transportation Security Administration reports that its workers have been calling in sick at a rate that's been twice what it normally is.

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