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Hartsfield-Jackson Airport electrical equipment not inspected every week

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For the second time in three months, airport officials are investigating an electrical fire at the world's busiest airport.

An initial inspection Tuesday shows there was an electrical short in the wiring on one of the escalators.

"With the smoke coming up we had no choice but to stop and shut down access to the T Concourse in its entirety," airport general manager Louis Miller said.

The last electrical fire happened in June when there was an explosion in a mechanical shed near concourse D. So we asked airport management if the fires could have been prevented.

"I don't believe so. We don't really know. We need to find out exactly what happened this morning because they don't know exactly what happened," Miller said.

The issue concerned many travelers.

"They should probably do more check-ups and see if the equipment is running properly so there are no accidents and nobody gets hurt," traveler Alicia Helman said.

"This airport is getting older. All of this was new a few years ago, but millions of people come through here and maybe what the standard was three or four years ago needs to change," said traveler Rich Alexandersen.

Airport officials said electrical equipment is inspected about once a month and they don't anticipate any additional problems. Should travelers be concerned?

"I don't think so because in each case we reacted quickly and we had no injuries. We had things slow down, but we're going to make sure we're doing everything we can to keep them from happening again," Miller said.

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