Passengers fled after an accidental shooting at Atlanta’s US airport and the flight was delayed.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) stated that the incident occurred around 13:30 on November 20, when security personnel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia searched a piece of luggage, and the scanner determined that the luggage contained prohibited items. thing.
The security guard told the passenger holding the bag not to approach, but when the bag was opened, the man “rushed over and grabbed the gun”, resulting in a shooting. “The passenger then fled the safety zone and ran towards the airport exit. This was not an intentional shooting,” the TSA statement read.
An unnamed source with knowledge of the matter said that the direction of the shooting was in the passenger’s bag. Atlanta Airport spokesperson Andrew Gobeil also said that the shooting was an accident, adding that the gunfire caused chaos.
On-site video shows that panicked passengers are lying on the ground in the airport, while those already on the runway disembark and wait. A passenger named Erika Zeidler said that she saw someone sitting in the restaurant running across the corridor.
“I thought their flight was late, but more and more people came running. Some were screaming. Then one stopped and told me that there was a shooter and I needed to escape,” Zeidler said.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration stated that three people were injured and no lives were in danger. According to sources, they were injured during the escape and two of them were taken to the hospital. Gobert said that the incident is being investigated. Due to flight delays, Atlanta Airport has resumed normal operations.
According to TSA, the incident helped remind passengers of the “importance of checking personal belongings” before heading to the airport to find dangerous items. The agency added that its staff found more than 450 guns at the Atlanta airport security checkpoint this year.
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