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Observation Decks

Night

Last weekend we shot this little time-lapse video of Sunday night traffic at the airport.

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world's busiest airport, supporting an average of 237 landings and take offs per hour. This video observes one busy flight vector, for one hour. It's a tiny illustration of the flight volume of this massive operation.

We spent a while driving around the airport, trying to find a good view without looking too terroristy. I couldn't find a good "observation deck" and ended up at a restaurant in Hapeville. It seems like observation decks are a thing of the (pre 9/11) past. It's a shame, because our evening of plane-watching was magical and inspiring.