Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Exploding camera battery causes panic at Orlando International Airport, police say

Dramatic moment hero airport worker grabs smoking backpack as it EXPLODED in busy airport Lithium battery explodes in bag at Orlando International Airport, police say
Nicole Thomas | 14 November, 2017, 10:02

Video footage shows the dramatic aftermath of the evacuation. Seeing the smoke, the passenger and others around them immediately moved away from the bag, knocking over line dividers and dropping luggage in a panic.

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 fearless attempt to avert disaster.

"In an abundance of caution, passengers inside the terminal were instructed to exit the building while Orlando Police and Orlando International Airport staff investigated", the airport said.

The department later said on Twitter that the noise was caused by a lithium-ion battery that exploded inside a camera.

TSA Orlando routinely conducts active shooter drills and TSA officers are trained to direct passengers to safety.

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WESH 2 further reported that the officer who grabbed the bag was well equipped to handle the situation.

"I approached it, I radioed and then I picked up the bag and brought it over to that handicap sign over there in hopes that if it would go off, it would be able to have some of the shock absorbed by those two pillars. So I live to do it again".

The lithium-ion battery inside a passenger's backpack was mistaken for a bomb when it began smoking and making a popping noise at about 5 p.m. Friday evening.

That nightmare became a reality for one unlucky traveler: A camera battery explosion at the Orlando airport caused panic and concern last week.

Brown said the entire screening took a total of 6.5 hours to clear all gates: "Much of the delay stemmed from a lack of gate space for returning aircraft and aircraft that needed to be moved/relocated", he said.

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