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Atlanta to Wakanda Flight Now Departing Gate T3

Image: Atlanta to Wakanda Flight Now Departing Gate T3

Travelers pause to check flight information before proceeding to their gates at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Aug. 31, 2005, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Todd Bennett/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 22 Feb 2018 12:29 PM

An Atlanta to Wakanda flight departing at Gate T3 tweet has gone viral as the world's largest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, took advantage of the popularity of the hit movie "Black Panther" on social media.

Marvel's "Black Panther" set box office records by taking in $218 million over the four-day President's Day weekend in more than 4,000 locations around North America, according to Variety. Its three-day gross of $192 million made it the highest grossing February film opening ever and fifth-best all-time, the celebrity publication said.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport posted a message on its Twitter account Monday of a digitally altered picture of gate T3, showing a flight departing at 7:30 p.m. to the kingdom of Wakanda.

Wakanda is the fictional African nation the movie is based in, CNN noted. The post has been retweeted nearly 15,000 times with more than 33,000 likes.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms pointed out the message on her Twitter account, posting, "Of course the world’s busiest and most efficient airport flies direct to #Wakanda. It is ATL!"

One of the movie's stars, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o, who plays Nakia, used the names of her costar characters in another attention-getting tweet about the airport's photo, posting, "Apart from La Femme Nakia, what else is on the in-flight entertainment? T’Challa’s Angels, M’Baku To The Future, Shuri’s Gotta Have It, Killmonger Bill, W’Kabi In The Woods...?"

Not missing a beat, the airport's social media crew responded in kind with "We've gotta have some music on the in-flight entertainment too. Now streaming: Killmonger Me Softly, T'Challa Back Girl, M'Baku That Thang Up, Straight Outta Wakanda, N'Jadaka Said Knock You Out."

Hartfield-Jackson even listed the in-flight meal choices on the fictional trip: "Our menu: Sorghum, millet, rice, maize, peanuts, potatoes, beans, yams and okra. Grilled meat is common, particularly mutton, goat, beef and fish. Enjoy your meal."

Marvel Comics introduced the Black Panther character in 1961 in the "Fantastic Four" comic book and then again with "The Avengers" in 1963. The character got its own comic series in 1977, according to Marvel.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport tapped into the popularity of the hit movie "Black Panther," posting an image on social media announcing a flight to the fictional destination Wakanda.
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