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Ceiling Collapses in Atlanta Airport Restaurant

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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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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital

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We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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