Stranded Passengers Tweeted Horror Stories from the 11-Hour Atlanta Airport Blackout

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Sunday was a nightmare for travel. The world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, was crippled when it lost power for 11 hours. That meant over 1,150 departing or arriving flights were canceled, planes sat on the tarmac for several hours, and the failure affected at least 30,000 people.

The power failure happened around 1pm and is believed to have been caused by a fire, according to a report by The New York Times. By around midnight on Sunday into Monday, all terminals had power again, but the mood inside the airport was decidedly apocalyptic. Chick-fil-A showed up with free sandwiches and water eventually, but even complimentary chicken can only do so much.

As you'd expect, harrowing scenes from the massive blackout quickly emerged on Twitter, as stranded passengers posted live updates of their travel nightmares while stranded in the airport's terminals or in some cases from onboard planes stuck on the tarmac. Check out the tweets below for an overview of the whole miserable experience, and thank your lucky stars that you were far away.

Hundreds of passengers were stuck on the tarmac with no indication of when they'd be able to deplane.

Arriving and departing were equally terrible. Those on international flights were in particular trouble because customs had no power.

Inside, no one knew what to do or who was in charge -- and food was lacking.

On one flight, country singer John King covered Tom Petty over the plane's intercom in an attempt to lighten the mood.

Tryna lift spirits in ATL after 6hrs stuck on the Tarmac @delta #wontbackdown

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The airport itself was so congested that workers were sliding down escalators.

Finally, the mayor called in Chick-fil-A, which served sandwiches and water even though it's famously closed on Sundays, and the power was restored.

It may not have been a miracle but it definitely made a horrible day slightly better.

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James Chrisman is a News Writer at Thrillist who is never going to an airport again. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @james_chrisman2.