Homeless people flooded the terminal of domestic flights of the largest airport in the world in Atlanta, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitutions.
Persons without a fixed place of residence had previously visited the air gate, but the problem worsened after the closure of the central city shelter and a long period of low temperatures, which forced the homeless to seek new shelters.
This situation caused concern for passengers. One of them is Patricia Martin-Dai, who has been at the Atlanta airport more than 20 times in the past 2 years, but she is witnessing the current situation for the first time.
“You don’t want people coming from all over the world to see the negative. Coming to America, what do they see? This is not something we should be proud of,” said Ms. Martin-Dai.
According to the regional director of the International Community of Police Officers Vince Champion, police at the airport was attacked by the homeless.
“Some of the homeless are not mentally balanced. We don’t know what they have in their bags, we don’t know what they carry with them. These people simply cope with the need for corners of the airport,” he said.
Human rights activist Alan Harris called the situation with the homeless at the airport a reflection of what is happening in the city.
“Imagine, 5 hours, it is raining, I have nowhere to take refuge. I don’t know where to go when it’s -28 degrees outside. Therefore, homeless people go wherever they can, and one of these places is the airport,” Harris gave an example.
Atlanta Airport spokeswoman Reese McCraney notes that the company works closely with partners to help homeless people find a long-term solution to the problem.
However, this can be prevented by the overcrowding of city shelters, which is why homeless people prefer more spacious places, for example, the airport terminal.