Flights in brief halted after unintentional gun discharge at Atlanta airport, 3 accidents reported

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Flight attendants dressed in protecting mask stroll via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

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An unintentional gun discharge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s safety screening house on Saturday afternoon resulted in all departing flights being in brief halted.

The airport stated on Twitter there used to be now not an energetic shooter or any ongoing threat to passengers or workers. Early reviews point out 3 other people sustained non-life-threatening accidents following the incident, consistent with the Atlanta Police Department.

“Officials have given an all-clear for #ATLAirport and normal operations are beginning,” airport officers tweeted. Details concerning the incident have now not been made to be had.

The gun discharge came about all over a safety test on the airport, consistent with the most recent TSA observation:

At roughly 1:30 p.m. [ET] lately, a assets seek TSO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s (ATL) Main Checkpoint started a bag seek because of a prohibited merchandise known via the X-Ray. He steered the passenger to not contact the valuables, and as he opened the compartment containing the prohibited merchandise, the passenger lunged into the bag and grabbed a firearm, at which level it discharged. The passenger then fled the world, working out of the airport go out.

Various information shops reported that witnesses stated panic ensued following the gunfire within the airport’s home terminal. NBC affiliateWXIAof Atlanta reported passengers were given off planes to attend at the tarmac and across the terminals.

TSA officials have detected greater than 450 firearms at Atlanta airport checkpoints in 2021, officers stated. Nearly 4,500 gunshave been detected at airport checkpoints up to now this yr.

When firearms are detected at U.S. airports, the TSA will assess a civil penalty that varies via the collection of offenses and whether or not the firearm used to be loaded. The entire listing of consequences is posted on TSA.gov.

Passengers typically might trip with firearms in checked luggage when they’re unloaded and packed in a locked, hard-sided case.

The incident happened simply as what is anticipated to be the busiest vacation trip season for the reason that pandemic started. The Transportation Security Administration stated it expects to display about 20 million other people between Nov. 19 and Nov. 28, virtually again to 2019 ranges.

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