Record-breaking traveler gets major rewards at Hartsfield-Jackson

100 millionth traveler marks busiest day of travel season

ATLANTA -- With Christmas falling on a Friday, Sunday was sure to be a busy one for travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

But there is one passenger who made his way through Sunday morning that is having the day of his life.

It's the busiest travel day of the Christmas season.

Inside Hartsfield-Jackson, the light shines down on the travelers below - folks filled with Christmas spirit and a good bit of caffeine. They're hoping at least one of the two will carry them through a grueling travel day.

"It's challenging with all our stuff, just keep positive," traveler Katavia Frazier said.

But a tough day for many turned into a terrific day for one.

Larry Kendrick from Buloxi, Miss. became Hartsfield-Jackson's 100 millionth passenger of 2015 as he stepped off his flight.

And it's not a mere title – it came with a brand new car, two round trip tickets anywhere in the world and a $500 gift card.

"Yeah, that's a very big surprise," Kendrick said.

But for the airport – and the city of Atlanta for that matter, this traveler marked a historic milestone never before reached by any other airport.

Hartsfield-Jackson is now the first airport ever to have 100 million passengers cross its gates in a single year.

"It's our commitment that we maintain our position as the world's most traveled airport the most efficient and soon we will start competing to be the most sustainable," Mayor Kasim Reed said.

Meanwhile, back in the domestic terminal there's not much to celebrate - just time to remember the recent celebrations that make all this waiting worth it.

"Yeah it is because you get to see friends and family," Mark Towns said.

And one interesting fact: officials at the airport didn't even expect to see 100 million come through the airport in 2015.



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