Rochester travelers are finally starting to make their way home after being caught in the middle of the Atlanta airport black-out.

Rochester travelers are finally starting to make their way home after being caught in the middle of the Atlanta airport black-out.

The power is back on but operations are still not back to normal at the country’s busiest airport. Thousands of people are still stranded after flights were grounded during an 11-hour power outage on Sunday.

One flight arrived at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Monday from Atlanta, another was scheduled for arrival in the late evening. Passengers who were on the first flight tell News10NBC, they’ve been through a lot over the past 24 hours.

Matt Stuver is a medical student who was on his way home to Rochester to spend the holidays with his family when he got stuck in Atlanta.

“It was a little scary at first because no one had any idea what was going on and they didn't really tell us anything,” Stuver says.

Then, an already-bad situation, got worse, “I was stuck in a terminal and at first it was fine there but then it started filling up with smoke and then they evacuated us to a different terminal and that one started to fill with smoke and I just said, I'm leaving, I left the airport and got a hotel room,” Stuver tells News10NBC.

Rachel Skillman couldn’t escape the situation that quickly. She was stuck on her Delta plane on the tarmac for 7 ½ hours, “it was stressful because we didn't have very much information,” she says.

The pilot would give an update every 30 minutes. Skillman says the silver lining was that the passengers on the plane at least had power and Wi-Fi.

“Everyone on our plane stayed really calm, so it was nice because I feel like it could have been a lot worse," Skillman says. "There were kids on the plane, I just felt bad for everyone, they were like running out of food."

When they were finally able to deplane, they found it much worse in the terminal.

“It was just crazy, it was almost like apocalyptic, everyone was on the ground sleeping or freaking out, there weren't many agents, everyone was occupied,” Skillman recalls.

Lucky for Skillman, her mom was working the phones from Rochester, getting her a room for the night, a pizza delivery and a ticket on this morning’s flight home.

"My lovely travel agent, she was taking good care of me,” Skillman said with a laugh.

A number of passengers, including Skillman didn’t get their luggage but they say at this point, that is the least of their concerns.

Most major airlines are offering free change fees for passengers with tickets to/from or connecting through Atlanta.