Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Surveillance video shows TSA officer removing smoking bag from security checkpoint

Security Scare at Orlando International Airport Holds Up Flights Getty Images
Freda Brock | 14 November, 2017, 02:01

The incident, which occurred at the Orlando airport late Friday afternoon and captured on video, shows TSA officer Ricardo Perez grabbing the smoking bag and placing it between two pillars in a courageous attempt to avert disaster.

"Our TSA Team's performance was outstanding. There was a loud sound that startled people, but no shots fired, no danger to public". Perez said the pillars would have blocked a potential blast from passengers.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO Phil Brown said it was next to impossible for a few workers to get the message out to the masses that the incident was a non-emergency. "Our people responded as they are trained to do, and to lead passengers to safety".

The bag the camera was in started to smolder, but no one was injured, the OPD tweet said.

Lithium-ion batteries are allowed in carry-on luggage, however electronics that use them such as laptops, smartphones and cameras must be screened separately from passenger's bags. "As a result of the incident, a ground stop was issued and a number of flights were held".

Meteorological Department predicts heavy rain in Chennai, schools to remain closed
Leaving the state to fend for itself during heavy showers, the minister is said to have gone for a study tour to Australia. However, he said, "Today there is no water logging in Chennai due to the speedy work of ministers and officials".

Surveillance footage released by the TSA shows the moment a smouldering bag was quickly moved away from a passenger line by a level-headed TSA officer.

Just after 5 p.m. Friday a passenger's bag near the security checkpoint for gates 1-59 began smoking because a lithium battery overheated and had exploded in the bag, according to Orlando police.

She had just gone through the security checkpoint and was preparing to get onto a flight home to MI when the chaos hit.

Numerous flights were delayed due to the incident.

There were hours of chaos after the explosion.

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