TSA officer valiant picks up smoking the bag of the line
The TSA posted a video on their Instagram that the heroic actions of a TSA officer. After a bag started to smoke in the line, an agent rushed in, grabbed the bag and walked away from the crowd. Watch the video here.
New images from the Orlando International Airport shows what happened during a scary incident that led to the flight cancellations, delays and evacuation of the airport.
In the video, which was captured around 5 pm on Friday evening, passengers can be seen quickly dispersing, a security checkpoint after a loud noise and smoke started coming from a nearby passenger in the bag. Security officer Ricado Perez — a 20-year-old army veteran — then rush in to the bag to a less densely populated area.
“In an abundance of caution, the passengers in the terminal were instructed to exit the building, while Orlando Police and Orlando International Airport staff investigated,” the airport said.
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Once searched, the noise was discovered to have been of a lithium-ion battery of the camera that had exploded and caught fire in the camera bag, which began to smoke.
The Greater Orlando International Aviation Authority CEO Phil Brown said in a letter posted online on Saturday that the passenger “immediately dropped the bag and the people around them moved. The emergency services came quickly and moved the bag further away from the hustle and bustle.
WESH 2 further reported that the officer, who grabbed the bag was well equipped to deal with the situation.
“When I grabbed that bag, I did think, ‘Yes, this is it,” said Perez WESH 2. “So I did what I had to do. It would have happened, but it didn’t. So I live to do it again.”
The TSA has also praised Perez’s actions in an Instagram post, saying that Perez puts everyone else’s safety before his own,” and praised him as a hero.
When you are faced with a smoking bag with a TSA checkpoint queue yesterday, TSA officer Ricardo Perez – a 20-year U.S. Army Veteran – believed that the bag contained an improvised explosive device (IED.) Most people’s first instinct in this kind of situations is to run. Not officer Perez. Put other safety before his own, he grabbed the bag and ran to an area where the explosion would be minimized. Sounds like a Hollywood thriller? The rooms pocket, was caused by an exploding battery, but that does not mean that his actions are not less heroic. Kudos to this veteran, on Veterans Day, went above and beyond to keep the travelers safe. This incident occurred at the Orlando International Airport (MCO.)
After the incident, thousands of people were forced to go back through the TSA lines, causing severe delays and flight cancelations.
The loud case also led to panic in the airport, with some believing the sound that is produced by the incident along with the sound of the stanchions fall in the aftermath of the bang passegners were from gunfire.
“Others hearing of the luggage dropped, stanchions, and quick movement saw it as the sound of gunfire, and within a few seconds, a spontaneous evacuation of the main terminal has occurred,” Brown said in the letter.
Orlando police posted on Twitter that there is no recording.
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Brown said in the letter that the emergency services tried to restore calm “but as everyone is aware, a few try to communicate a message to this large of a crowd is a daunting task.”
After an investigation, the battery responsible for the incident was reported to have been a battery of the camera, which is legal aboard flights. The Federal Aviation Administration, lithium-ion batteries below the 100 watt hour in the cabin, in which the most consumer-sized batteries for mobile phones, cameras and other personal, electronic devices.
Lithium batteries are known to explode before, and in June it was reported that there was at least 17 lithium-ion-related incidents on the aircraft this year.