Passengers stranded at SFO after Atlanta airport power outage

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Getting home for the holidays just got a lot more difficult for passengers flying to Atlanta. Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled following Sunday's power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, including a dozen flights at SFO.

ABC7 News spoke with one couple from Atlanta who has been stranded at SFO since Sunday evening. They spent the night in the airport and Delta can't re-book them until Tuesday. "It's just hard to be away from family right now, we need to get back," Alex Adekoya said.

Other ladies flying on Frontier's 10:25 a.m. flight to Atlanta faced even worse news. The earliest they can get re-booked is after Christmas on December 28. "We have no plan," Senella Watson said. "There's no way we can get out of here."

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SFO spokesperson Doug Yakel said what happened in Atlanta isn't likely to happen in the Bay Area. SFO has more redundancy with power supply. "The airport gets its power from two different places, two different cities in San Mateo. Normally it's about a 60/40 split, but the airport can run 100 percent off a single location," Yakel said.

SFO also has backup generators to power each terminal, so passengers won't be left in the dark.

According to Flight Aware, afternoon flights leaving for Atlanta from SFO are on time.

One new mom ABC7 News spoke with is grateful her flight wasn't cancelled. Erin East said she would have figured out a way to make it home for the holidays. "I would have just had to drive across the country all the way with a baby," she said.

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