Airports connect people travelling to multiple countries around the world. Some families go on vacations and take an airplane to reach their destination. Others are either returning home after a long year at college, or going back to start a new one. CNN provides the perfect example of diversity at airports through “ATL24”.
Through the use of professional journalism, CNN presents a 24-hour insight of life at Atlanta Airport, the world’s busiest airport. During this 24-hour timeline, an average of 95.5 million passengers enter the doors of this busy airport, each with their own different story to tell.
Passengers don’t usually know what happens at airports after midnight, unless their flight gets delayed. William Talton straps a vacuum at 2 a.m. and cleans out the baggage claim area. Not everyone knows Talton, but Talton is a fighter. For only $7.70 an hour, Talton gives his all to get money to his family. No wonder he has never failed an official airport inspection. Dedication should be Talton’s middle name.
Almost 12 hours later, the airport has been brought to life and passengers have flown in and flown out from various places around the globe. At 2:15 p.m., newlyweds Richard and Kristen Faith wait for their baggage at the carousel. This scene got my attention because it reminded me of the stress that I get while waiting for my bag. Now I know I’m not the only one that gets stressed by this.
If waiting for your bag is stressful, imagine missing your flight like Brad did. At 9:12 p.m., Brad is sitting at one of the airport’s bar, drinking away his problems while waiting for the next possible flight. I’ve never experienced this, but it got my attention because it represents a typical problem at airports anywhere.
“ATL24” is not about the flights that come and go through the Atlanta Airport. It’s about the diversity of people that walk inside these walls, and the stories they create. Airports are filled with happiness from newlyweds, dedication from workers, and even stress from things that are simply out of our hands. “ATL24” is excellent journalism at its finest through the use of these stories represented in photos and videos.