Georgia Senate moves to takeover Atlanta airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
A JetBlue Airways plane backs out of a gate at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on April 27, 2017. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

ATLANTA — The Georgia state Senate has approved a takeover of Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, WSB Radio reported.

The measure now heads to the state House. It is not clear how the House will vote or if Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp would sign or veto the measure should it pass the state legislature.

In pushing their takeover, Republicans in the state Senate touted rampant corruption at the airport, the busiest in the world.

“Once again another indictment, charge of corruption,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson. “It always has brought me to the conclusion that someone should look into those instances that have been going on there, causing so much… really embarrassment to the state of Georgia as a whole.”

This week, the feds charged city contractor Lohrasb “Jeff” Jafari in a 51 count federal indictment with conspiratorial bribery, bribery, tampering with a witness, tax evasion, money laundering and structuring.

“This indictment takes you from the bribes to the benefits and everything in between,” Thomas J. Holloman III, special agent in Charge of the IRS-Criminal Investigation, said in a statement. “It shows how money gains access, influences decisions, supports a lavish lifestyle and corrupts.”

Palazzo Vecchio
About Sightseers’ Delight 473 Articles
Sightseers’ Delight started publishing in June 2016. The site, published by The DeFeo Groupe, collects and curates content about places where historical events large and small happened. The site builds off the legacy of The Travel Trolley, which launched in June 2009. The site aimed to be a virtual version of the trolley tours offered in so many cities.