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Ceiling Collapses in Atlanta Airport Restaurant



Customers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s Cat Cora’s Kitchen were startled on Thursday when part of the restaurant’s ceiling collapsed. A large chunk of the fallen ceiling was left draped over counter tops in the dining area.

The collapse occurred around 8 a.m. on Thursday in the airport’s Concourse A. The airport had not specified any injuries, though one customer had been taken to a hospital upon request for emergency assistance.

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According to the airport’s assistant general manager for planning and development, Tom Nissalke, the ceiling may have been incorrectly attached. The airport plans to review the construction methods and design plans for other businesses inside the airport.

Nissalke also stated that the large chunk of ceiling weighed between 700-800 pounds and measured at least 20 feet long.

Cat Cora’s Kitchen remains closed for the time being as repairs to the restaurant’s ceiling are in progress. The airport restaurant is one of many opened by celebrity chef and 2015 Iron Chef, Cat Cora. As of Thursday, the company has not released a statement.

The airport’s day-to-day operations have not been affected by the collapse, nor will they be affected by the ongoing repairs and inspections say authorities.

The self-proclaimed world’s busiest airport carries an average of 275,000 passengers daily. It is unknown how many people were dining in Cat Cora’s Kitchen at the time of the collapse.

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American Airlines Increasing Domestic Service for the Summer



Like the rest of the United States, American Airlines is ready for the summer.

As the demand for air travel slowly rises, American is bringing back suspended routes, offering double AAdvantage miles, reopening Admirals Club lounges and offering enhanced cleaning protocols.

American is planning to fly 55 percent of its domestic schedule and nearly 20 percent of its international schedule in July as compared to the same period last year, totaling around 40 percent of the airline’s systemwide capacity compared to July 2019.

Demand has started to rebound, as the carrier reported it flew a daily average of about 110,000 customers per day in May, which is an increase of 71 percent over the approximately 32,000 passengers it transported daily in April.

“We’re seeing a slow but steady rise in domestic demand. After a careful review of data, we’ve built a July schedule to match,” American Senior Vice President Vasu Raja said in a statement. “Our July schedule includes the smallest year-over-year capacity reduction since March. We’ll continue to look for prudent opportunities to restore service so our customers can travel whenever and wherever they are ready.”

Starting on June 22, American will begin reopening Admirals Club lounges around the country with pre-packaged snack offerings and a full-service bar for customers to enjoy complimentary beverages.

As for the airline’s commitment to health and safety guidelines, American will utilize enhanced cleaning measures, enforce social distancing protocols and provide limited food and beverage offerings.

The carrier is also allowing customers to book with confidence, as American announced it would waive change fees for customers purchasing tickets by June 30. Travelers are allowed to change their origin and destination cities as part of this offer, but must pay any fare difference.

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