Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL)


As news of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to cause concerns for many, we want you to know that the safety of our employees, passengers and those of our partners, is our top priority. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and our partners are working closely together to help manage and mitigate the spread of the virus in our environment.
Our partners consist of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Transportation and Security Administration (TSA), AATC, airlines, contractors and concessionaires.
As this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, the CDC will continue to conduct enhanced screenings of passengers exhibiting symptoms.

The agency encourages all to follow these precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wear a face mask or a face covering made of fabric in public settings.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you are ill.

Here at ATL, we have implemented measures that include:

  • Increased frequency of cleaning of public areas
  • Use of environmental friendly cleaning and disinfectant in public areas
  • Additional education and training of employees
  • Signage to provide guidance and education to passengers and employees
  • Public messages on digital displays and CNN monitors
  • Daily coordination with public health, CDC, and other agencies for updates, additional guidance, and instructions



Do I need to be concerned if I have a flight today?

If you have a flight, please check with your airline to make sure that there have not been any cancellations or changes to your itinerary. Also, consider carrying disinfectant wipes so that you can wipe down the area on the plane where you will be seated.


Should I wear a mask? 

On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged the public to begin wearing face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19. The new guidelines suggest making face coverings made of fabric. View the full post and a DIY tutorial here.


Do you provide masks?

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport does not provide masks to passengers.


Is hand sanitizer available? 

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be purchased at most of the newsstands and retail locations throughout the Airport.


Should I arrive early for my flight?

Always plan to arrive at least two hours before your flight to give yourself plenty of time to clear security.


For more information on the virus, we encourage you to visit the CDC’s website: