The passengers were delayed for hours after a loud noise and smoking bag causes airport in a panic.
An incident at the Orlando International Airport led to flight cancellations, delays and evacuation of the airport.
Around 5 pm on Friday evening, a loud noise was reported in front of a security.
“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.
Thousands of people were forced to go back through the TSA lines, causing severe delays and flight cancelations, WESH 2 reported.
The loud case also led to panic in the airport, with some believing the noise and the smoke 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.