Breaking News: General Manager of Atlanta Airport Was Fired

M iguel Southwell is no longer the general manager of the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, as he was reportedly fired from his job, according to this article posted moments ago from WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta — and a contributing factor for his departure is that wait times in lines at the security checkpoint increased to greater than one hour at one of the busiest airports in the world, which resulted in harsh criticism that left many travelers complaining of missing their flights.

Long lines — resulting in increased wait times around the United States and including Atlanta — have been blamed on the Transportation Security Administration.

Roosevelt Council will serve as the interim aviation general manager of the airport until a new general manager is named.

“I want to thank Mr. Southwell for his service to the City of Atlanta and the travelers at the world’s busiest passenger airport,” said Kasim Reed — the current mayor of Atlanta — in a statement.

Southwell was named to the position of general manager of the airport in June of 2014 — reportedly at a starting salary of $221,000.00 per year.

Other contributing factors which led to the departure of Southwell — if any — are not publicly known at this time…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

12 thoughts on “Breaking News: General Manager of Atlanta Airport Was Fired”

  1. J says:

    I guess almost every other airport GM should be fired for the same reason.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      One would think so, J.

      I have a feeling there is more to this story than we currently know…

  2. MG says:

    Start firing them nationwide until they get out of bed with the TSA and start holding the Smurfs accountable.

  3. DaninMCI says:

    I hope they don’t get mad at you for not calling it the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 🙂

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I hope they do get mad at me, DaninMCI.

      You are starting to know me pretty well…

  4. So who will fire the Mayor because of the traffic jams every day in Atlanta?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I wonder how many mayors around the United States would be fired due to traffic jams as a contributing factor, John westcott

  5. Cameron says:

    Maybe Delta had him fired for allowing Qatar to fly to Atlanta :D.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You are going to have to compete for Comment of the Day with that one, Cameron. That is pretty funny.

      I am attempting to work on an article pertaining to what you just alluded. Stay tuned and hopefully it will come to fruition…

  6. Augustsson says:

    I breezed through Atlanta airport last month during 2 layovers there. I flew Delta to & from Floida without any issues with TSA. I was traveling mid day on a Saturday if that makes a difference.

  7. Brian, I know I’m late to the game but I echo an earlier thought in this thread regarding the preposterous name of the ATL airport. In a world in which we shorten everything to acronyms, abbreviations and hashtags, the decision to hyphenate the name of the airport smacks of stupidity. And that’s being kind. I am also aware, as are many, that the Atlanta city council last year voted unanimously on a resolution calling on the GM of Hartsfield to figure out why the entire, hyphenated, elongated, exacerbated name was not being used when referenced by third parties. This elevates the situation from the ridiculous to the sublime. Perhaps Mr. Southwell was shiotcanned because he could not figure out a way to get people to add two syllables to an already-ridiculously long airport name. If that’s the case, could the ATL city council be coming after you next, Brian? Or perhaps me for calling them ATL rather than Atlanta? On some occasions it’s advantageous to be a blind squirrel – or BS as I’m wont to be known. I believe this may be one of them.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2015/03/04/atlanta-airport-city-council-hartsfield-jackson-international/24360863/

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