Following a March 22 cyberattack on the City of Atlanta government, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has temporarily shut down its Wi-Fi system, leaving the airport’s approximately 275,000 daily passengers and 63,000 employees scrambling for internet connectivity.

Reportedly, the Atlanta city government experienced a ransomware cyberattack the morning of March 22 impacting multiple internal applications; city employees were advised to not use their computers.

The airport announced via Twitter Thursday afternoon that its Wi-Fi system was temporarily down, and that the airport was working to fix the situation.

ATL released an update March 23 on both Twitter and its website affirming continued “internet difficulties … ATL’s Wi-Fi, along with security line wait times and flight information may not be accurate,” advising customers to check with their airlines.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution an ATL spokesperson said a timeline for restoration of the airport’s Wi-Fi was unclear. The spokesperson said the airport had not been directly affected by the cyberattack, but had decided to take its systems offline out of an abundance of caution.

Mark Nensel