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Endangered Superlatives

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This week, The New York Times chronicles Atlanta's quest to keep the all-important "world's busiest" crown affixed to the local stress factory airport, after Chicago's O'Hare International leapfrogged us in one metric: takeoffs and landings. After decades of steady traffic growth, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's annual passenger counts are sputtering, though experts agree (to Chicago's chagrin) it's still the "busiest." But look out: Dubai and Beijing are closing fast. [Photo:]