Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Smoking Backpack Causes Delay in Orlando Airport

White smoke was then seen billowing out of a bag, and that led to confusion among travelers.

The event caused a panic at the airport and major travel delays as a full ground stop was issued at 5:30 p.m. and not lifted until 9 p.m., the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Surveillance video from the Orlando International Airport shows passengers in line at a checkpoint react when something inside a backpack exploded and started smoking. "There was a loud sound that startled people, but no shots fired, no danger to public".

This incredible CCTV footage shows the moment agent Ricardo Perez picked up the case and placed it between two pillars to absorb the blast if it exploded.

Flights were deplaned and passengers waiting at the gates were asked to go through security again, according to a statement shared by the Orlando International Airport. "And so I did what I had to do".

The TSA agent may have put himself in harm's way but feels no regrets for his actions.

"Others hearing the luggage being dropped, stanchions falling, and rapid movement mistook the sounds as gunfire and within seconds a spontaneous evacuation of the main terminal occurred", Brown said in the letter. Those individuals who were asked to exit the terminal are now having to pass through security checkpoints, which in turn is causing some delays among departing flights.

Orlando police posted on Twitter that there was no shooting.

Brown said the airport is looking at technology to improve the way it communicates in an emergency, including using the fire alarm speakers and quickly utilizing electronic billboards to send a message.

Numerous flights were delayed due to the incident.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

As per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), lithium-ion or lithium metal batteries, usually used for cell phones, laptops and portable chargers, are only allowed to be brought on an airplane in a carry-on bag and must adhere to regulations on wattage and weight.

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