[Attendee] Anyone at ATL? Are flights making it out today(Thursday)

Tim D. Parker tdparker at godaddy.com
Fri Feb 14 23:18:05 UTC 2014

Matt and I finagled our way out last night via Dallas to Tucson, rental car to Phoenix, getting home around 3:00AM. It was worth it as I enjoy sitting around in shorts and sandals in this wonderful 80+ degree and sunny day...

My Point - Phoenix in February is awesome, I should never leave.

Tim Parker
Director, Networking
(480) 505-8800 x4682

From: William B. Norton <bill.norton at gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:53 AM
To: attendee at nanog.org
Subject: Re: [Attendee] Anyone at ATL? Are flights making it out        today(Thursday)

I forgot to mention…

I asked one of the TSA guys how many passengers they expected to screen this day and he said about 56,000 people. He also mentioned that many of them had been living at the airport since Tuesday.”

My guesstimates were that

20 gates each seem to process about 5 passengers per minute, for about 100 passengers per minute.
(I took a very small sample : at one gate for a couple minutes, so adjust your numbers as you see fit.)

*60 minutes/hour
*10 peak hours per day
would mean that about 60,000 passengers would be able to go through in a full capacity 10 hour period

Of course the load normally would follow a curve based on the flight schedules, but here we had a few days of passenger backup so a 100% full use case seems right.


PS - Other interesting observation - one guy slid into the last section of the line to offer people $20, $30, and up to swap positions, to go to the end of the line. That value of time calculation would be an interesting one to do - how much is your time worth? If you were early enough, and all you would do otherwise is eat or sit somewhere and read, what is your price?
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