Airport evacuated and flights suspended after gun discharges in busy terminal

By Linsey McNeill
23/11/2021
Home » Airport evacuated and flights suspended after gun discharges in busy terminal

An airport in the US was evacuated and flights were grounded after a gun was accidentally fired.

Panic ensued as passengers and officials believed there was a gunman on the loose in Atlanta Airport.

However, the gun had been accidentally discharged after it had been spotted in a passenger’s bag during routine screening.

“During a secondary search, the passenger lunged into his property, grabbing a firearm that was located inside, which ultimately discharged,” a security spokesperson told the media.

“The passenger then fled the security checkpoint through an adjacent exit lane with his firearm.” 

“We’re fortunate that when the firearm went off, nobody was seriously injured.”

Flights were briefly halted during the incident last Saturday afternoon.

Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the US airport security body TSA said in a statement.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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